Given the size and weight of a tractor-trailer, jackknifing accidents can result in catastrophic injuries to the occupants of smaller vehicles. Whether the driver, the trucking company, or another party is responsible, it takes a skilled truck accident attorney to help victims recover just compensation.
At J&Y Law, we have extensive experience representing victims of jackknifing accidents throughout California. Well-versed in the applicable state and federal truck safety rules and regulations, we know how to hold negligent truck drivers and other responsible parties accountable for jackknifing accidents that result in serious injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a jackknifing accident, we will provide you with aggressive representation and fight to protect your rights. We offer free consultations and you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until we recover for you. Please contact our office today so we can get to work on your truck accident claim.
The Perils of California Jackknifing Accidents
Jackknifing accidents can be caused by a wide range of factors, such as:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Stopping suddenly
- Failure to navigate a curve
- Overloaded or improperly loaded trailers
- Poor weather or road conditions
Ultimately, maintaining control of a tractor-trailer depends on the training, skill, and experience of the driver. An experienced truck driver understands how to use a big rig’s complicated braking systems, how to respond to road conditions, and how to properly apply the brakes. If the driver brakes too fast, locks the drive wheels or loses control of the trailer, the truck can jackknife.
In many of these instances, negligent drivers can be held accountable. At the same time, inexperienced truck drivers are more likely to be involved in a jackknifing accident, in which case the trucking company may be held liable for providing inadequate driver training.
Given that trucking companies also have a legal obligation to properly maintain their vehicles, they can be held liable for equipment or system failures. Additionally, when jackknifing accidents are caused by defective brakes, cables, trailer hitches, or other parts, manufacturers can be held liable through a product liability lawsuit.
Regardless of the cause of the jackknifing accident that resulted in your injuries, trust our truck accident lawyer to fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
How J&Y Can Help With Your Jackknifing Accident Claim
Jackknifing accidents are complicated and technical, requiring a highly skilled truck accident attorney to analyze all the relevant factors to prove the necessary elements to win the case. Our legal team will collaborate with accident reconstruction specialists to determine whether the truck driver, the trucking company, or another party is negligent.
By investigating the scene of the accident and identifying and interviewing witnesses, we will collect and analyze evidence, such as:
- Truck driver’s employment history
- Driver logbooks
- Truck maintenance records
- Trucker or trucking company violations
- Truck’s GPS navigation system and electronic black box
- Police reports
In doing so, we can determine whether the negligent driver or the trucking company violated any laws or regulations. Trust J&Y to hold the responsible parties accountable and fight for your rights. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover substantial compensation, including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If a loved one has been killed in a jackknifing accident, we can help you obtain justice and peace of mind through a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain damages such as loss of companionship, funeral and burial expenses, and other losses.
While many jackknifing accidents can be resolved through a negotiated settlement, insurance companies often attempt to deny claims or pay far less than their full value. If the insurer refuses to honor your claim, we are fully prepared to litigate. At J&Y, we fight to win, inside or outside of the courtroom.
Contact an Experienced California Jackknifing Accident Attorney
At J&Y Law, our experienced truck accident attorneys know that being injured is a jackknifing accident is overwhelming. We understand your concerns about your lost wages and the escalating medical expenses and will address those concerns by providing you with compassion, knowledge, and aggressive representation.
When you become our client, we will handle all the details of your jackknifing accident claim, including all court filings and dealings with the insurance company, and make sure that your rights are protected. Our legal team has a proven history of achieving significant settlements and jury awards, having recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
Trust J&Y Law to stand by you every step of the way and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can get started on your truck accident claim.