Tractor-trailers have two distinct parts. At the front of the truck is the cab where the driver sits. The cab is connected to the trailer that carries the cargo. When the trailer goes in a direction that the cab does not go, the result can be a dangerous jackknife accident.
Causes of Jackknife Crashes
To protect your recovery after a jackknife truck wreck, you need to know who caused your crash and how it happened. Some common causes of jackknife crashes include:
- Sudden braking. If the driver slams on the brakes, the truck could jackknife.
- Changing direction too quickly. When a trucker tries to change direction quickly, the cab may go in one direction and the trailer may go another way.
- Equipment failure. Malfunctioning brakes or other mechanical issues can cause a driver to lose control, and the truck can jackknife.
- Slippery roads. If road conditions are dangerous, truckers should not be driving. Trucking companies, however, may pressure truckers to continue driving.
A full investigation will need to be done to determine the cause of your accident.
Take Action After a Jackknife Accident
After 911 has been called, pictures have been taken at the accident scene, and you have received emergency medical treatment for your injuries, it is time to contact a truck accident lawyer. Your lawyer can:
- Investigate the cause of your crash and identify the appropriate defendants
- Gather and analyze necessary evidence
- Negotiate with the right insurers
- Bring your case to court if a fair settlement can’t be reached
You have already suffered enough because of someone else’s negligence. Do not incur the costs of medical care, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, pain, and suffering without financial compensation.
Instead, contact the experienced Kentucky truck accident lawyers of Gray and White Law for a free, no-obligation consultation about your rights as soon as possible. You can reach us any time—24/7/365—by phone or through this website.