All tractor-trailer accidents have the potential to cause serious damage. Jackknifing accidents, however, are some of the most destructive. At Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer in Columbia, Missouri, our attorneys have decades of combined experience protecting victims of jackknifing accidents. We not only understand why they happen, but we also have the knowledge and skills to help you seek compensation after the fact.
To say that a truck has jackknifed, means it has folded at the point where the trailer connects to the cab. Oftentimes, a truck that jackknifes ends up blocking several lanes of traffic, making it very dangerous — especially for highway drivers who are traveling at high speeds.
One of the most important parts of filing a personal injury claim after a jackknife accident is proving that the accident was caused by the truck driver’s or trucking company’s negligence. As your lawyers, we will carefully and thoroughly investigate the accident to understand what happened.
Although there are many things that can cause a truck to jackknife, when it is the result of driver error, it usually means the driver failed to break safely. Sometimes, slamming on the breaks can cause them to lock up and force the truck to jackknife. Other causes of jackknifing may be bad weather or defective equipment. If the truck driver was going too fast for conditions or the trucking company failed to conduct proper maintenance on the vehicle, it can help your case.
At our law firm, we understand the destruction that a truck accident can cause. Many of our clients are not only facing physical injuries, but they are also faced with the serious financial burden that is often caused by medical bills and property damage. If you were injured in a truck accident, we will fight to help you obtain the compensation you need to recover. To learn more about jackknifing accidents, visit the Truck Jackknife Accidents page of our website.