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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 Texas 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.

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  • $12Million Massive Settlement Obtained for Truck Driver Arnold & Itkin is proud to announce that our firm has secured a $12 million settlement on behalf a truck driver who was crushed by his own cargo—which then led directly to a stroke. The driver, who was 56 years old at the time, now requires costly around-the-clock care to carry out basic tasks. The defendants argued that the stroke was his fault—but Cory Itkin was able to counter their arguments enough to compel them to settle. Our client has received everything he needs for a stable future.
  • $10Million Settlement Won for Family Against Negligent Trucking Company Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Ces Tavares represented a family who had lost their father in a tragic 18-wheeler accident. He was driving home when a trucker made a dangerous maneuver and caused a massive collision. The trucking company ultimately settled for $10 million.
  • $10Million Settlement Obtained for Family Affected by Fatal Vehicle Accident Our firm represented the family of two people who were killed after their vehicle was hit by an 18-wheeler running a red light. We were successful in reaching an eight figure settlement on their behalf.
  • $3.2Million Settlement Reached for Injured Husband & Wife Attorney Cory Itkin represented a husband and wife who were injured after being hit by two semi-trucks. The wife sustained back injures while the husband was knocked unconscious; he needed several surgeries. Our firm was successful in reaching a settlement of $3.2 million for the couple.
  • $2.1Million Settlement Obtained for Truck Accident Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a multimillion-dollar settlement for a man who suffered severe neck and back injuries in a truck accident. Our firm aggressively pursued the case until the defendant settled with our client days before trial.
  • $2Million Large Settlement Obtained for Grieving Family Arnold & Itkin is proud to have secured a massive settlement for a family who lost their loved one due to the negligence and reckless action of a commercial vehicle driver. Our work will allow our clients to live in financial stability while they grieve and heal from this tragedy.
  • $1.6Million Large Settlement Reached for Victim of Severe Truck Accident Truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin secured a sizable settlement for a client who was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler on the highway. Her injuries required multiple surgeries, but the defendants refused to take responsibility. Her $1.6 million settlement will get her the medical care and financial support she needs.
  • $1.5Million Big Rig Accident Victim Received Jury Verdict Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $1.5 million verdict on behalf of a client who suffered a torn meniscus when he was bumped by a tractor trailer. We are especially pleased with this result because the defendants accepted no responsibility for the injury and only offered to settle for $5000.
  • $1.5Million Jury Verdict Ruled in Favor of Longshoreman Arnold & Itkin obtained a $1.55 million verdict on behalf of a client who was seriously injured when a yard mule driver collided with the pickup truck in which he was standing. The defendants only offered to settle for $35,000 while denying the existence of an injury at all.
  • $1.49Million Settlement for Man Struck by a Truck Our firm helped represent a client who was severely injured after he was struck by a truck. We helped recover $1.49 million on his behalf.
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