When a large truck jackknifes it puts everyone on the road in serious danger.
Jackknifing refers to the motion a large semi-truck takes when the trailer
swings forward to meet the cab, causing the vehicle to take on the shape
of an opened jackknife. A variety of situations can cause accidents like
this, often leading to serious injury or even death to the drivers and
passengers in nearby vehicles.
If you or a loved one was injured in a jackknifed truck incident, our lawyers
can help. At Martin Jean & Jackson, we provide compassionate and thorough
legal services for those suffering a loss or injury. When you are in need
of legal counsel, we can guide you through the process of a personal injury
case and fight for your rights so that you can focus on healing.
Our attorneys are available at any of our office locations in Ponca City,
Stillwater, and Tulsa.
Causes of Jackknifing
If a truck driver attempts to bring their semi to a sudden halt, it can
cause the back end of the vehicle to swing outward, unable to stop as
quickly as the cab demands. As the wheels stop and the momentum of the
trailer continues the semi will fishtail, causing it to swing outward,
sliding into anything in its path. Most semis, or 18-wheelers weigh around
80,000 pounds, and can hardly stop on a dime. Jackknifed truck accidents
frequently occur on exit ramps or curved roads, and are especially common
during icy or rain-slicked conditions.
Jackknifing accidents could be caused by a number of issues, including,
but not limited to:
- Speeding, followed by a sudden stop
- Reckless or negligent driving
- Improperly loaded trailer
- Slippery roads
- Equipment error or failure
Liability for Jackknifing Accidents
The responsibility for these types of incidents may fall with a variety
of different people, depending on the circumstances of your crash. If,
for example, the driver of the semi was texting while driving when they
jackknifed, they are responsible for the accident. However, if the brakes
malfunctioned while a truck driver was attempting to stop, the manufacturer
of the faulty break part is likely liable. With the help of our practiced
attorneys, and our firms numerous resources, we can help investigate the
cause of your accident and determine who is likely at fault.
Our Oklahoma Truck Accident Lawyers Can Represent You
Being in an accident with a big rig can be terrifying, and can result in
serious, if not life-threatening injury. If you or a loved one was injured
or killed in a jackknifing truck accident, our attorneys want to help.
Whether you need help with a wrongful death case or personal injury, our
firm has 100 years of collective experience to put towards your legal issue.
Contact Martin Jean & Jackson
to discuss your jackknifed truck accident case, today.