These cases sometimes involve parties from separate states, complicating matters even further, and potentially landing the lawsuit in federal court. Jackknifing accidents are fact-specific and technical, requiring expert witnesses to explain to a jury how the accident occurred. A highly skilled truck accident attorney will analyze all of these factors to present a clear timeline of the event to prove the elements necessary to win the case. Don’t try to handle a truck accident alone. You need the help of an experienced attorney who handles these highly complex and technical cases for a living.
Who Choose Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers to Handle My Case?
Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers has spent the past two decades fighting for the rights of truck accident victims in the greater San Diego area. We are a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most well-respected trial lawyer groups in the country. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of lawyers in the country belong to this prestigious group. We once helped secure a $19.1 million settlement to the family of a mother and daughter who was tragically killed in La Mesa, California, when a tractor-trailer crashed into them.
At Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers, our experienced San Diego truck accident lawyers listen to our clients and treat them the way we want to be treated. When you sit down with us for a free initial consultation, our compassionate attorneys will walk you through the process. We’ll explain what you can expect from your particular jackknife accident case, and you can then make an informed decision about what your best options are.
Don’t wait to contact Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers if you’ve been injured in a truck accident in the San Diego area. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can get started on your case and help you recover compensation for your injuries and other damages. Call us today at (619) 349-1683.
Types of Jackknifing Accident Cases We Handle
We handle jackknifing accidents caused by a wide array of factors, including:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Stopping suddenly
- Failure to slow down when driving along a curve
- Inadequate trucker training
- Inexperienced truck driver
- Equipment or system failure
- Improperly adjusted brakes
- Overloaded or improperly loaded trailers
- Poor weather or road conditions
Jackknifed trucks traveling at high speed can take out anything in their path and trigger multi-vehicle accidents. These accidents have been to know to crush cars on the road and cause structural damage to freeway barriers and overpasses. The sheer size and weight of tractor-trailers tend to lead to severe injuries for those involved. Jackknifing accidents can lead to injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries that can lead to paralysis
- Skull fractures
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Rib and torso injuries
If you have been injured in a jackknifing accident or any other type of truck accident, our lawyers are ready to hold the at-fault parties accountable and seek the maximum compensation available to you. We help clients recover many types of damages, including but not limited to:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Physical rehabilitation
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
Our San Diego jackknife accident attorneys will examine all of the facts and circumstances of your accident to determine whether the truck driver, the trucking company, or another party were negligent in any way. If that negligence caused your accident, we would fight tirelessly to recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Jackknife Accidents
At Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers, we get many questions from clients regarding jackknifing accidents. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions. We hope you find our answers helpful. If you have any questions about your specific truck accident case, feel free to reach out to our experienced lawyers at any time at (619) 349-1683.
What happens in a truck that causes it to jackknife?
A semi-tractor trailer has three braking systems. One system controls the steering axle, one controls the cab’s drive wheels, and a third controls the trailer wheels. It takes training, skill, and experience to understand how to use these complicated braking systems safely and maintain control of the truck. Cautious and experienced truck drivers know to monitor road conditions and brake slowly.
It’s never safe when a truck driver has to brake fast. The trucker can choose to lock the brakes controlling the steering axle, which will cause the truck to continue moving forward until it eventually slows down. If the driver closes the brakes that control the trailer, the driver will lose directional control of the truck. If the driver locks the drive wheels, the truck will jackknife.
What can an attorney help with the investigation of my jackknife accident?
An experienced truck accident attorney knows how to collect all the relevant evidence, determine all the liable parties, and hold each one of them accountable for their role in the accident. The jackknife accident lawyers at Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers will immediately launch an investigation of your accident. In addition to investigating the scene of the accident and gathering testimonies from witnesses, a lawyer will compile and analyze evidence, such as:
- Truck driver’s qualifications, employment history, drug tests
- Truck company’s insurance information
- Driver logbooks
- Truck maintenance records
- Trucker or trucking company violations
- Damage to your vehicle
- Medical records
- Truck’s Electronic Control Module (ECM)
- Police reports
Allow the skilled attorneys at Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers to handle your truck accident investigation. An investigation can tell us why the accident occurred, and which the negligent driver had broken laws and regulations. The evidence obtained from our investigation will significantly increase your chance of recovering compensation.
What should I do if I’ve been involved in a jackknifing accident?
Your No. 1 priority after any accident should be to ensure you get medical treatment for your injury. If there are witnesses, you should collect their contact information. You can even record statements from them if you have a smartphone. If possible, take plenty of photos of the accident scene. Get pictures of the truck, your vehicle, and any skid marks or road hazards that may have contributed to the accident.
The evidence you collect at the scene of the accident will help your attorney determine who was at fault. The police report will also be critical evidence. Never give a recorded statement to an insurance company. Make sure you speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer before talking to an insurance claims adjuster.
Contact a Jackknife Truck Accident Lawyer in San Diego
At Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers, our attorneys understand the complexities involved in jackknifing accidents and how painful the aftermath of an accident can be for you and your family. Our dedicated San Diego truck accident lawyers will work to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to help you to determine all the parties who should be held accountable for your injuries.
Contact the San Diego jackknifing accident attorneys at Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers today by calling (619) 349-1683 or fill out our online contact form. Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe us a fee until we secure financial compensation for you.