Denver Jackknife Accident Attorneys
Jackknife accidents are often caused by negligent and reckless truck drivers, leading to serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. When a car or SUV collides with a jackknifing truck, the collision usually destroys the vehicle and maims or kills the driver and passengers in the passenger vehicle. Due to the size and weight of semi-trucks, the crash may impact multiple vehicles, with several innocent people sustaining serious or fatal injuries.
Ensuring your right to full compensation is protected by an experienced trial lawyer is essential. Your attorney will manage every aspect of your claim or lawsuit, allowing you and your family to focus on your health and recovery. Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. always puts our clients first. We have years of experience that we know how to put to good use. Contact us to see if we’re the right fit for you.
A jackknife accident happens when the trailer of a big rig folds to the side, creating a right angle with the cab of the truck. At this position, the truck skids out of control, potentially colliding with other vehicles. With the massive weight differences between trucks and other vehicles, the injuries sustained in a jackknife are often serious or fatal, and can include:
- Severe soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
The fundamental cause of a truck jackknife is the loss of traction by either the truck or the trailer, which causes the inability to control the vehicle due to the weight of the trailer swinging to the side. This loss of traction may happen because of:
- Trailer brakes lock up due to sudden or unsafe braking
- Unbalanced or overweight trailers
- The force of a collision
- Traveling too fast for weather conditions
These crashes are frequently the result of negligent driving conduct. An experienced truck collision attorney can perform a comprehensive investigation to identify the cause of the collision and hold the responsible parties accountable.
Determining liability is the crux of a personal injury claim, and the job of an attorney is to present evidence establishing liability. In jackknife accidents, we commonly find one of the following to be at fault:
The truck driver: In many cases, the driver is at fault due to reckless behavior, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, driving over the federally-mandated hours of service, or other violations.
The trucking company: Trucking companies are responsible for hiring qualified, trained, safe drivers. When a trucking company knowingly employs a driver who has a history of unsafe vehicle operation, fails to ensure the driver is sufficiently trained or pressures a driver to deliver a load on time when road conditions or hours of service make it unsafe, or any other act of negligence, the trucking firm may be held liable.
The maintenance crew: While a trucking company is usually responsible for maintaining their vehicles, the maintenance could be outsourced to a third party. In either case, the party responsible for truck maintenance can be held liable in the case of brake failure or any other mechanical failure that causes the crash.
Another driver: If another driver is at fault in a jackknife collision, they can be held liable.
Trucking companies are legally obligated to maintain sizable insurance policies to protect victims of such collisions, but insurance companies engage in several strategies to reduce the value of legitimate injury claims. Your attorney will gather and preserve all relevant evidence, prepare your claim or lawsuit, negotiate the terms of a settlement, or take your case to civil court to seek full compensation.
If you’ve suffered the death of a loved one from a jackknifing collision, or you have been injured yourself, the last thing you need to worry about is meeting filing deadlines or trying to understand the value of your claim. Our trial lawyers vigorously protect the rights of people injured in jackknife collision cases.
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we pride ourselves on being some of the top trial attorneys serving in Colorado and nationwide. We maintain the record for two of the highest settlements achieved for victims in the state and have a powerful reputation for success in personal injury law. Insurance companies think twice before attempting to bully our clients. Our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, with no legal fees unless we win your case through settlement or trial, and our initial consultations are at no cost. Contact us today at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906.