Houston Jackknife Accident Lawyers
When a vehicle as large as a truck is involved in a highway collision, the potential for serious injuries—even death—is high. This is especially true when the truck accident involves jackknifing. If you or your family member was involved in a jackknife accident in the state of Texas, one of your first moves should be to call a Houston truck accident lawyer in order to discuss the legal ramifications of your case. Keep reading to learn more about these types of accidents, and what you can do to protect your right to collect compensation for your injuries and losses.
Understanding What Happens in a Jackknife Truck Accident
A vehicle as substantial in weight and size as a commercial truck has enormous potential to cause damage. Jackknifing accidents are just one of the ways in which this can occur. Jackknifing is the term used to describe the articulation of a vehicle such as that of a truck or trailer. When the backend or trailer portion of a truck swings around and creates a fold in the shape of an acute angle—between the trailer and the front of the truck or “cab”—that is a jackknifing incident. A jackknifed truck will result in the cab and the trailer facing entirely different directions.
Why Are Jackknife Accidents So Dangerous?
Jackknifing accidents are extremely dangerous because the swinging trailer of an articulating truck can very easily carry other cars into its wake. This causes those vehicles to be smashed between the cab and the trailer of the truck, or else by other cars in oncoming lanes of traffic. Jackknife accidents are known to cause serious injuries and fatalities in many cases due to the chaotic and uncontrollable nature of these collisions.
Possible Causes of Jackknife Accidents
These types of accidents can result from a number of different causes, some of which include:
- Improper braking
- Equipment failure
- Brake failure
- Icy roads
- Unsecured cargo / improperly secured cargo
Some truckers have been known to deliberately jackknife their vehicles as a reaction to brake failure. Whatever the reason may be, there can be little doubt as to the seriousness of the results. These accidents rarely leave the other motorists involved unscathed. Many are seriously injured.
Am I Entitled to Compensation After a Truck Accident?
Injured motorists and truck drivers involved in jackknifing accidents will likely seek more than just medical attention. Many will wish to pursue the matter legally, as these collisions can almost always be avoided. It’s important to know your options and rights after an accident. Investigation into the incident and its causes will need to be conducted by an attorney who is familiar with all applicable state and federal trucking regulations. The lawyer will need to determine why the accident occurred and whether or not it could have been prevented in order to present the court with substantial evidence concerning the case. This may be best achieved with the support and guidance of a personal injury attorney.
Call a Houston Jackknife Accident Lawyer from Arnold & Itkin: (888) 493-1629
Since 2004, Arnold & Itkin LLP has represented victims from some of the nation's largest truck accident catastrophes. You can have confidence in our experience and winning track record. Our attorneys are aware of what to expect in court cases concerning these types of accidents. From day one, we are ready to stand by your side to investigate the accident you were involved in and vehemently represent you in and out of the courtroom. We are here to help you understand your truck accident and how you can take back your life after such a collision.
For more information, starting with a free review of your case, call our office today at (888) 493-1629.