Representing You in Jackknifed Truck Collision Cases
When a heavily-loaded commercial truck goes out of control, the vehicle can jackknife. The trailer, as it swings, impacts other vehicles and is capable of severely or fatally injuring vehicle occupants nearby. Jackknife accidents occur far too often. The statistics on truck accidents are staggering: in a recent year, there were 93,000 injury crashes involving large trucks or buses, with 132,000 people injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many of these truck crashes were jackknife accidents, with 193 fatal crashes and 1,000 injury crashes, -- 5.2% of all trucking accidents nationwide.
Chicago Jackknife Accidents: The Risks Are High
There are various reasons why a semi or big rig can jackknife, including the following contributing factors:
- Icy roads
- Improperly loaded trailer
- Negligent driving behavior
- Slick roads
- Tire failure
The length of the truck, curves in the road, the weather conditions, and speed limits all affect whether a truck will jackknife. Longer trucks are at higher risk for jackknifing, and about 83 percent of fatal jackknife accidents involve a truck with a single trailer that has gone out of control. More than half of all large truck accident fatalities take place on non-divided two-lane highways.
All vehicle drivers in the Chicago area should operate a vehicle with care when commercial vehicles are sharing the road, whether moving in the same direction, oncoming direction, or in cross-traffic. When a commercial truck is out of control, it is not uncommon for the trailer to jackknife, unbalancing the truck to the point when it then rolls over, potentially smashing into any vehicle nearby. Those that have been unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and unable to avoid the truck are often seriously or fatally injured.
Who is to Blame in a Truck Jackknife?
To file a successful claim or lawsuit and recover financial compensation, it will be necessary to establish that some party, or parties, acted in a negligent manner, and in so doing were responsible for the injuries and other damages. The parties that are named in a lawsuit will be based upon the facts in the case, but may include the following:
- Driver of the truck
- Trucking firm
- Vehicle manufacturer
- Tire manufacturer
- Brake manufacturer
- Truck maintenance company
- Company that loaded truck
- Federal, state, or other agency responsible for maintaining roads
Injured in a Jackknife Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident with a jackknifed truck, you have a serious legal issue that must be resolved quickly and correctly. Trucking firms carry commercial insurance, and the companies that provide this insurance are intent on keeping settlements as low as possible. They engage teams of corporate defense lawyers to defend against or negotiate serious injury and death claims. At Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, our Chicago jackknife truck accident lawyers take on these cases with complete confidence and skill. You can count on us to protect your right to the maximum compensation available under the law.
Contact Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC to speak with a Chicago truck accident attorney that has recovered millions in damages on serious injury cases. We can be reached at (800) 996-4824.