Austin Jackknife Truck Accidents Attorney
Jackknife accidents are one of the most serious types of truck collisions. Because these accidents frequently result from truck driver negligence, drivers and trucking companies may be held responsible for crash losses.
At the Loewy Law Firm, our Austin truck accident lawyer has represented many clients who sustained injuries as a result of jackknife accidents. We can investigate the reason for the crash, provide details on your legal rights, and help you pursue a claim for compensation. To learn more, call today and schedule your free consultation.
What are the Causes of Jackknife Accidents?
A jackknife accident happens when the trailer on the back of a tractor trailer spins out at a 90 degree angle from the tractor. Typically, this occurs because:
- The truck accelerates on a surface that has low friction
- The truck driver goes around a curve too fast
- The truck driver suddenly downshifts
- The truck driver hit the brakes too hard. Trucks generally have steering axle brakes; trailer axle brakes; and drive axle brakes. When a truck driver suddenly slams on the steering axle brakes, the truck can continue to barrel forward but the driver will lose control of steering. The rear wheels don’t lock although the front wheels do, causing the trailer to spin out.
When the trailer spins out, it can cause serious damage by striking other vehicles and property in its path. Vehicles and people can be hit as the trailer swings out. The truck may also roll over to its side, crushing people and vehicles below it. An Austin truck accident lawyer can provide assistance if you are one of the victims of these devastating accidents.
Is a Truck Driver or Trucking Company Responsible for a Jackknife Accident?
A truck driver and a trucking company can be held accountable if a jackknife accident is caused by an improperly maintained truck or by driver negligence in operating the vehicle. A driver, for example, may suddenly be forced to slam on the brakes or downshift due to:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Speeding or going too fast for the conditions on the road
Truck drivers are liable for their own careless and unsafe actions behind the wheel. Trucking companies can also be held responsible for negligent behavior in the line of duty. Depending upon whether the truck transports hazardous materials, the trucking company may be required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to have a minimum of $750,000 to $5 million in liability insurance. Crash victims may be able to recover significant monetary damages from insurers after a jackknife accident.
Getting Help from an Austin Jackknife Truck Accidents Attorney
At the Loewy Law Firm, our Austin jackknife truck accidents lawyers understand the complexities of truck accident claims and we can help victims to make their case for damages. To learn more about how we can help you recover compensation for your losses, call today and schedule a free consultation.