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It's very frightening when a truck jackknifes. One minute, traffic seems to be going smoothly. A second later, an extremely dangerous situation is created that can lead to devastating or often fatal injuries. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan help people hurt in jackknife accidents recover the financial compensation they deserve.
A jackknife truck accident is when the trailer of a semi-truck folds in, forming a "V" shape with the cab. This can cause the trailer to swerve sideways on the road, and the driver often loses complete control of the truck. If this happens on a crowded highway, the truck can crash into other vehicles. Cars often become trapped and crushed between the truck's cab and trailer.
A truck can jackknife for many reasons. The driver may be following another vehicle too closely and slams on the brakes, causing the wheels to lock. Improper braking when maneuvering around an obstacle or turning can lead to jackknifing. Another cause can be decelerating when making a turn. A jackknife accident can also occur on a wet or slippery road.
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Semi-truck drivers should be trained to avoid jackknifing in different situations. They should pay close attention to the road, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, follow speed limits and brake according to conditions. A single of act of negligence can lead to a jackknifing accident that leaves people seriously hurt.
Examples of driver negligence that lead to jackknifing include distracted driving, speeding, improper braking, driving recklessly or driving while fatigued. The truck company may also bear some responsibility. It may have failed to properly train the driver or ignored past traffic violations on the driver's record.
A jackknife accident can cause serious injuries. These include broken bones, concussions, nerve damage, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. Recovery can take months or years. Some victims can be left with a permanent disability. Some may require surgery and lifelong medical care.
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Trucking companies and insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their best interests. That's why you need an experienced truck accident attorney looking out for you. Our firm has been helping the injured in Greater Lafayette since 1913. We have generations of results for our clients through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts.
Our firm can investigate your accident to find out what really happened. We can seek access to evidence in possession of the trucking company, such as hiring records, hours of service (HOS) logs and black box data. We can review police reports, medical records and interview witnesses. If needed, we can consult with an accident reconstruction expert.
We know how to build a strong case that proves your jackknife accident was the result of negligence. We can demand financial compensation for the damages you have suffered. And if the insurance company won't agree to a settlement that meets your needs, we're ready to fight for you in court.
Jackknife accidents are serious. And so are we. If you've been injured, demand justice. Contact our law firm and schedule your free consultation with an experienced jackknife accident attorney. Call 765-742-0056 right now.