What Causes Truck Jackknife Accidents?

A white triple-trailer semi truckJackknife accidents that involve large tractor-trailers are unfortunately all too common on Georgia roadways. Jackknife accidents on high-speed highways and roadways can lead to massive car pile-ups and significant injuries for everyone involved.

If you have been injured in a truck jackknife accident, you might be eligible to pursue monetary compensation for your injuries. The experienced Georgia truck accident lawyers at Slappey & Sadd, LLC understand the pain and inconvenience often associated with being the victim of a serious truck accident.

Our legal team represents injured victims of truck accidents throughout the State of Georgia, including in Fulton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Muscogee County, Newton County, Richmond County, Troup County, Walton County, and Whitfield County. Call us today at 404.255.6677, or contact us online, to find out how we could help you bring a claim for personal injury or file a lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties.

How do Truck Jackknife Accidents Happen?

In many instances, accidents that involve a jackknifing truck occur when the driver operates his or her tractor-trailer irresponsibly or carelessly. A truck jackknife occurs when the tractor and trailer become bent at a right angle, resembling the shape of a jackknife. This can occur in the following instances:

  • The driver drives too fast on wet or slippery road surfaces
  • The driver misjudges a curve and drives too fast around it
  • The truck brakes are not maintained properly and give out
  • The truck driver exceeds the speed limit

Who can be Responsible for a Truck Jackknife Accident?

Truck drivers owe a duty to everyone else on the roadway to operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonably prudent manner. When they don’t do that, and a jackknife accident occurs, the truck driver could be accountable for all of the injuries and damages that result.

By the same token, the trucking company that employs the truck driver could also be partially or fully to blame for the truck jackknife accident. Such would be the case if the trucking company failed to monitor the driver’s performance or negligently hired or retained a driver who had a record of prior moving violations or driving infractions. Also, when truck drivers are employees of the trucking company, as opposed to independent contractors, these trucking companies can share in some or all of the blame for the truck jackknife accident.

Call a Georgia Truck Jackknife Accident Lawyer Today

Accidents caused by a jackknifing trucks can involve multiple vehicles and involve numerous injuries to the occupants of those vehicles.

If you have suffered injuries in a serious truck accident, don’t wait to retain legal representation. The skilled attorneys at Slappey & Sadd, LLC are ready to assist you with your case today and determine the best way to pursue the damages you need. Those damages could include compensation for your medical and therapy bills, lost wages, inconvenience, and pain and suffering.

To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Georgia truck jackknife accident attorney, please call us today at 404.255.6677, or feel free to contact us online to discuss your accident in detail.