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A Truck Jackknifed and Caused My Accident Can I Sue?

June 5, 2019

Virginia Beach Truck Accident Lawyers discuss your right to sue if a jackknifed truck caused your accident. A tractor trailer jackknifing on the road in front of you is the stuff of nightmares. These types of truck accidents can be especially devastating because they can set off a chain reaction, resulting in multiple serious injuries and fatalities. The majority of such injuries and deaths involve drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles, not the truck occupants.

Not all accidents relating to a jackknifed truck concern vehicles hit by the truck. When such a jackknifing occurs on a busy highway, drivers trying to evade the truck or the materials spilling out of it may end up colliding with other vehicles. Anyone involved in this type of wreck should contact a Virginia Beach truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Why Trucks Jackknife

The mechanical aspects of jackknifing involves the locking of the truck’s drive, steering axle brakes or trailer axles, causing the cab and trailer to head in different directions and the trailer to fling to one side. Picture a pocketknife folding and the visual emerges.

Trucks jackknife most often in bad weather, especially when roadways are wet or icy, and on curves or winding roads. Driver error, including speeding, distracted driving, fatigue and inexperience may cause or contribute to the jackknifing. Besides the axles locking, hydraulics, brakes or other equipment might fail and cause jackknifing.

Jackknifed Trucks and Liability

Several parties may prove liable for a jackknifed truck accident. Such entities include not only the driver, but the trucking company, as they are responsible for ensuring the truck is well-maintained and that the driver is not working more than the legally permitted number of hours. If it is determined that an equipment malfunction caused the wreck, the truck’s manufacturer or the manufacturer of the faulty products are potentially liable. Improperly loaded cargo might play a role in the accident, and that could involve the company loading materials onto the vehicle. Truck accident lawyers investigate each claim thoroughly, and can determine where liability lies.

Catastrophic Injuries

Anyone lucky enough to survive a jackknifed truck accident may still suffer severe and even catastrophic injuries. The latter are injuries leaving a person permanently impaired with no chance of a full recovery. Severe and catastrophic injuries relating to jackknifed truck accidents may include:

  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Internal injuries
  • Loss of limbs
  • Multiple fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury

Not only do truck accident victims require long stays in the hospital or rehabilitation centers as they recuperate from their injuries, but they may need different living arrangements or major modifications to their homes.

Our Virginia Beach Truck Accident Lawyers Help Victims Claim Compensation for Their Injuries

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a jackknifed truck accident, you need the services of our experienced Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers. We will hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries. Contact us online or call East Coast Trial Lawyers today at 757-352-2237 for a free consultation. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we represent car accident victims in Chesapeake, Eastern Shores, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk.

Areas We Serve

Our law firm proudly serves clients injured anywhere in Virginia or North Carolina on personal injury claims, including cases with traumatic brain injury, spinal and neck injury, wrongful death, and more serious injuries. As Virginia Beach personal injury attorneys with many years experience, our team of lawyers will be ready to fight for you. If you were injured on the job, our Virginia Beach Workers Compensation lawyers are ready to serve you.

Call 757-352-2237 or fill out the online contact form for a free consultation about your personal injury, workers compensation, or other attorney services. Our firm adopts a team approach to every case, so while one primary lawyer will be assigned to your case, you have the benefit of an experienced team of lawyers, all working on your side. We are located in Virginia Beach, VA, and serve clients who were injured anywhere in Virginia or North Carolina.

301 Bendix Road, Suite 460
Virginia Beach VA 23452
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