Large commercial trucks have cabs and trailers. When the trailer of an 18-wheeler pushes the cab to one side or all the way around so that it faces backward, it is known as a “jackknife.” The term is a reference to the shape of a folding blade or jackknife. This can occur when a rig’s cab stops suddenly, but due to the inertia of its forward momentum, the trailer does not stop. Instead, the trailer swings out to the side.
The experienced truck accident attorneys at Studinski Law, LLC have seen the devastation of these dangerous crashes firsthand. We know the challenges faced by truck accident victims and we are committed to helping our clients recover the full and fair compensation they need to move forward.
Many motor vehicle accidents, including jackknife truck accidents, are usually preventable and the result of driver error. Jackknifes do not typically occur in good weather with well-trained drivers behind the wheel. Big rig drivers with commercial drivers’ licenses are trained to operate tractor-trailers and should know how to avoid these types of accidents.
Some common causes of jackknifed truck accidents include:
Safely operating a tractor-trailer or other large commercial vehicle requires significant training and experience. Not only must a driver understand the best way to drive a big rig, but he or she must also be able to put that knowledge into practice and exercise sound judgment at all times. When human error, whether from the driver, trucking company, or parts manufacturer causes an accident, the results can be devastating.
Truck accident cases are often very complex. One of the complexities in truck accident claims is the number of parties that may be liable for the wreck.
Depending on the details of your case, the potentially liable parties in your truck accident claim may include:
The truck accident lawyers at Studinski Law, LLC have the knowledge, skill, and resources necessary to fully investigate the facts in your case. We are committed to uncovering the cause of your injuries and holding the responsible party or parties accountable for their actions.
In cases of severe injury following a jackknife truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your:
In the most tragic cases, a jackknife truck accident can result in death. If you lost a loved one in a wreck, you may be able to pursue damages in a wrongful death claim. While no amount of compensation can make up for your immeasurable loss, damages in a wrongful death lawsuit can help your family avoid undue financial struggles during this difficult time.
Studinski Law, LLC has built a reputation for excellence in truck accident litigation. Our accomplished truck accident attorneys know that the keys to winning truck accident cases lie in hard work and meticulous preparation. We will carefully investigate the facts in your case and develop a detailed legal strategy to maximize your compensation and resolve your case as quickly as possible.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a jackknife truck accident, call Studinski Law, LLC today at (715) 343-2850 for a free case review. We proudly serve Plover, Marshfield, and all other Wisconsin areas.