Can I Sue a Truck Driver for a Jackknife Accident?

A jackknife truck accident is one of the most dangerous situations that you can encounter on the road. These accidents occur when an out-of-control trailer and cab fold against each other in a V shape. If you were injured in an accident where an eighteen-wheeler jackknifed, you may be able to sue the driver or truck company for negligence.

Types of Negligence in Jackknife Crashes

Speeding is one example of driver negligence that can cause a truck to jackknife. Because a loaded semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, it can’t stop properly at high speeds. If a driver is going too fast and needs to brake suddenly, the heavy trailer won’t be able to handle it. The cab will stop, and the forward momentum of the trailer will carry it forward until the vehicle folds.

These accidents also happen when truck drivers overestimate their abilities to maneuver around a curve. They may take a curve too quickly and lose control. Or they may break around a corner, which can cause the vehicle to skid, instead of reducing their speed beforehand.

Sometimes a problem with the truck itself can cause a jackknife accident. In these situations, the truck company or mechanics may be found negligent due to improper maintenance of the brakes, wheels, steering, or suspension. Manufacturers can also be liable for crashes caused by a faulty truck part.

It’s important to note that negligence isn’t a factor every time. Truck drivers may not be found negligent if the crash was caused by things such as unforeseeable slipperiness of the road, poor road maintenance, or the sudden need to avoid another motorist.

Talk to Our Boulder Truck Accident Lawyer

Proving what caused the jackknife crash that injured you is key to securing compensation. At-fault truck drivers and other responsible parties will work quickly to shift the blame. Attorney Christopher Jeffress will find out what really happened, securing witness testimonials, police reports, and other evidence needed to support your case.

Learn if you have a truck accident claim by calling 303-732-6634 for a free case review. Jeffress Law serves Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, and surrounding Colorado areas.


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