Injured in a Jackknife Accident?
Weighing as much as 40 tons, commercial trucks dwarf the average person's vehicle; and, if they collide with a passenger vehicle, the force can be great enough to crush it. When a truck driver loses control of his vehicle, as in the case of jackknifing accidents, the results can be devastating and can change a person's life drastically.
If you have been involved and injured in a jackknife accident, now is the time to act! Call the Voorhies Law Firm as soon as possible to begin pursuing the compensation you need and deserve in order to recover. Our experience and legal skills are what is required to navigate complex cases like these.
What causes jackknife accidents?
Semi-trucks are designed with a towing engine where the driver sits and a trailer with which to carry the cargo. The trailer is connected to the towing engine by a unit, thus allowing the engine to pull the trailer behind it.
When a jackknife accident occurs, the truck's wheels lose traction, and they subsequently lock, causing the trailer end to whip forward, often into oncoming or nearby traffic, as the driver struggles to regain control of the vehicle. In most cases, either the trailer unhinges causing it to swing out uncontrolled into traffic, or causing the truck to roll over or collide with surrounding vehicles.
Some common causes of jackknife accidents include:
- Improper cargo loading
- Lack of vehicle maintenance
- Driver distraction or impairment
- Dangerous road conditions or hazards
- Speeding or reckless driving
Although a variety of factors can result in these accidents, more often than not, negligence is to blame. Truck drivers should follow proper procedures to prevent accidents; however, many times a driver either recklessly takes to the road or ignores the necessary preparations.
While a jackknife accident can be a nightmare for victims causing some of the most damaging injuries, the good news is that our team is ready to help.
In order to get the best legal guidance, call a New Orleans truck accident lawyer from the Voorhies Law Firm.