Dallas has a plethora of highways running in and out of it, allowing commuters, visitors, and truckers to travel through the area. But the presence of large trucks can increase the risk of certain accidents. A jackknife accident occurs when the trailer part of a tractor-trailer leaves its trailing position and swings out alongside the cab. Oftentimes, the trailer will come to rest at or near a 90-degree angle with the truck.
The sweeping motion of the large trailer can cause damage to everything in its path as it swings out and either tip over or stop upright. Vehicles, pedestrians, and other property in the way of the trailer are all in danger in this type of accident, as the trailer is no longer within the control of the driver. Jackknife accidents are responsible for cases of immense property damage, serious injury, and even death.
A jackknife accident may occur when a truck driver abruptly applies the brakes of the truck and/or trailer, especially when travelling at high speeds. In these instances, the truck and trailer may be thrown into an uncontrolled skid, causing the trailer to swing out, or jackknife. Although truck drivers are trained to avoid these incidences, it is still possible for errors or unexpected circumstances to cause even an experienced driver to lose control of the trailer.
Other causes of jackknifing can include the following:
Jackknife accidents can cause some very serious injuries, death and property damage. If you’ve been involved in a jackknife accident, you may need compensation to help you reestablish your financial and personal stability. You might be dealing with injuries, medical bills, lost time at work and/or significant property damage. You are entitled to reimbursement from the responsible party in the accident.
Identifying the responsible party in a jackknife accident may seem simpler than it actually is. It may seem obvious to you that the accident is the truck driver’s fault, but this is not always the case.
Responsibility could lie with multiple parties, including the following:
Don’t try to manage a complicated jackknife accident claim by yourself. You need to focus on recovering from injuries. Julie Johnson can help you organize your information, complete your claim, and handle any defenses presented against you. Call Julie at 214-290-8001 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation to review your case.