How do jackknife accidents happen?
Jackknife accidents can involve any large vehicle with a trailer hitched to the back. These accidents are very common during slippery road conditions and are more likely to occur with light trailers. Florida's roads can become slick when it rains, or during the rare event of snow, freezing rain or black ice.
Jackknife accidents usually happen when a truck driver:
- Swerves to avoid hitting another vehicle
- Hits the brakes too quickly
- Makes a turn or changes lanes too quickly
- Veers out of a lane and attempts to overcompensate by turning the wheel too far
- Experiences a tire blowout
The injuries sustained in jackknife accidents are often severe, and at times, they can be fatal. They usually include:
- Spine injuries
- Concussions and head injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts, bruises and contusions
Our attorneys can help
Whether attributed to the truck driver or trucking company, jackknife accidents are usually the result of negligence. Following a jackknife accident, it's important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you have a strong claim. Take pictures of the crash scene and speak to witnesses, if you're able to. Always obtain a detailed police report and seek immediate medical attention.
Jackknife accidents can often be complex since multiple parties and insurance companies are usually involved. Most trucking companies have a team of investigators, attorneys and adjustors ready to launch a biased investigation. Never attempt to handle a claim involving a jackknife accident without the legal help of an experienced truck accident attorney. Trucking companies, and their insurance providers, will stop at nothing to downplay the severity of your claim. They may offer a meager settlement in hopes that your claim will disappear. But a settlement is rarely enough to cover the cost of accumulating medical expenses, loss of wages and suffering.
The highly skilled attorneys at Pajcic & Pajcic will handle the trucking companies and their insurance providers. We'll launch an investigation and find out what caused the jackknife accident to occur and who was responsible. The details we gather from the police report and eye witnesses can be used to build a strong case. We'll hold the driver and trucking company accountable for your losses. Our case results involving truck accidents speak for themselves.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation, or simply call our Jacksonville office at 904-358-8881.