Jackknife accidents involving 18-wheelers can be deadly due to the sheer size and weight of the out-of-control vehicle. One of the more common reasons for a truck to jackknife is by braking too quickly, especially in wet or slippery conditions, causing the big rig to skid and the trailer to swing out to one side or the other, forming an L shape.
Although truck drivers go through extensive training to help them deal with emergency situations like a jackknife, they are not always able to get the truck back under control, which can cause catastrophic destruction to anyone in their path. This can be especially dangerous if they are driving at higher speeds, on highways or freeways, with other lanes and vehicles around them.
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Being caught in the path of a jackknifing truck can cause life-threatening injuries or even be deadly. Cars and SUVs have safety restraints and protective features, but they are no match for an 80,000+ pound vehicle colliding with them. If a driver and passengers do make it out of an accident involving a truck and trailer that has skidded into their path, the road to recovery may be a long and difficult one.
Having a competent attorney to help you through the legal aspects of a jackknife accident is important. Expenses can pile up quickly, especially if you cannot work, and you have the right to take legal action to recover some or all of those costs. At Givens Givens Sparks, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help seek maximum financial compensation for you or a loved one who has been injured in a jackknife truck and trailer accident. Protect your legal rights. Contact our office today to discuss your case.