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Semi-Truck Jackknife Accidents

Jackknife Accidents

A jackknife accident occurs when the cab of the truck or trailer folds and the truck starts moving at an angle on the road. As the truck folds, it usually obstructs several lanes across the highway. Other cars involved in the accident end up having major damage and people tend to suffer serious injuries. Sometimes the accidents result in fatalities. Speaking with an experienced truck accident attorney is important if you want to protect your rights and get the compensation you are entitled to receive.

Causes of Jackknife Accidents

During a jackknife truck accident, the driver loses control of the truck for any number of reasons. Some jackknife accidents are attributed to:

  • Brakes or other parts of the truck not working properly
  • The truck has design flaws or manufacturing problems
  • Improper navigation of the vehicle
  • Inclement weather or slippery road conditions

Injuries in Jackknife Accidents

Unfortunately, when a jackknife accident occurs with a truck, many people end up hurt due to no fault of their own. The injuries of people in smaller passenger vehicles can be so serious that they may need expensive, long-term medical care. In some instances, people may not ever be able to return to work or function at full capacity again. Some of the medical treatment can involve:

  • Multiple surgeries
  • Extensive physical rehabilitation
  • Treatment in a nursing care facility
  • Prescription medication
  • Frequent doctors’ visits and regular  checkups

Eighteen Wheeler Accident Lawyers

Wettermark & Keith has represented jackknife truck accident victims for years. We hold the trucking companies and their drivers accountable for their actions by fighting for your rights in a court of law. When the trucking companies do not abide by safety standards and practices, innocent people on the road suffer the consequences. While litigating cases on behalf of jackknife accident victims, we use our expertise to implement legal strategies that will get the best results for our clients.

Contact us today and schedule an appointment at Call any of our offices to set up an appointment for a free consultation with one of our attorneys. You can also reach us by providing your contact information and a brief description of your case in the free case evaluation form on the website. We devote a lot of time to our clients and work hard to get them the financial compensation they need in order to start putting their lives back together. 

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If you or a loved one have been injured and think you might have a case, call us now for a free consultation.