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Due to the weight and size of big rigs and 18-wheelers, truck accidents can be extremely dangerous. Weighing an average of 80,000 pounds, semi-trucks can cause serious devastation on the road even when involved in a seemingly minor incident. In more serious crashes, like those involving a jackknifing truck, the damage can be even more extreme. If you were injured in a trucking accident, our firm may be able to help.
At Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Attorneys at Law, we understand how traumatic trucking accidents can be. Our firm is committed to providing injured individuals with the legal representation they at a time when they need it most. With more than 60 years of experience behind us, you can rest easy knowing our firm has the skills and knowledge necessary to help you get the best possible results.
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How Are Jackknifing Accidents Caused?
Jackknifing occurs when the trailer end of the truck whips around towards the front, giving the vehicle the appearance of an open jackknife. When the weight inside of a truck trailer is distributed unevenly, or the trailer is loaded with too much weight, it could cause the truck to jackknife.
Trucking companies are held to a specific set of regulations designed to keep truck drivers, and everyone else on the road, safe. However, if company owners, managers, or drivers ignore these rules, trucks may be incorrectly loaded or overloaded. When a large truck hits the breaks, too much weight in the rear could cause the trailer to fall forward, swing sideways, or even roll. In any of these situations, serious damage and injuries could occur.
Common causes of jackknifing accidents include:
- Sudden stops or rushed turns
- Wet or icy roads
- Untrained or poorly qualified drivers
- Improperly loaded trailers or truck beds
Any of these issues can result in a hazardous, even deadly trucking accident. If you were injured in an accident with a jackknifing truck, you may be eligible for compensation.
Choose Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Attorneys at Law
When a trucking accident occurs, a number of different parties could be liable. The trucking company may have been negligent, the driver might have been careless, or a vehicle part could have been faulty. Whatever caused the incident, you may have a right to seek compensation if you were injured. Compensation may include reimbursement for medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Attorneys at Law to speak with our truck accident attorneys today.