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Tractor Trailer Jack Knife Aftermath

Posted on: September 4, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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The term “jackknifing” refers to incidents where a trailer skids and ends up at a 90-degree angle relative to the vehicle it is attached to. Both sections of the vehicle then become a hazard to the driver and other nearby vehicles, property, or pedestrians.

Due to the various braking options available to a tractor driver, there is an increased chance of jackknifing occurring where road conditions are not ideal. Unfortunately, the driver may not have full control of the trailer or the tractor and can only hope that the incident does not result in injuries or fatalities.

Tractor Trailer Jack Knife Injuries

In the worst jackknife accidents, one or more fatalities is not uncommon. Serious injuries include paralysis, fractured skulls, organ damage, internal bleeding, and brain trauma. These injuries can have long-lasting, devastating impacts on the lives of victims.

Other injuries, such as whiplash, seat belt injuries, bruises and lacerations, may not have long-term impacts on physical health, however, victims will most likely suffer from severe emotional pain and suffering as a direct result of the accident.

Establishing Liability

A tractor trailer jack knife is most likely the result of negligence on the part of the driver or those persons responsible for the maintenance of the tractor and trailer. Tractor drivers have the added responsibility of driving a vehicle that is much heavier than a car. When a trailer is added to the equation, the driver must exercise even greater care in unfavorable driving conditions.

However, if the driver has exercised exceptional care in handling the tractor and trailer, fault may still lie with the employer. Any business that employs tractors and trailers has a responsibility to ensure that their drivers and the general public are safe when said vehicles are in operation. That means maintaining both tractors and trailers, as well as performing periodic safety inspections.

Seeking Legal Representation

Why is it important to seek legal representation if you were involved in a tractor jack knife accident? Due to the complexity of negligence in jackknifing accidents, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer in order to receive fair compensation.

There may be multiple negligent parties involved, including the driver, their employer, and the supplier of any cargo being transported on the trailer. As you can imagine, the investigation into such incidents requires the involvement of multiple qualified professionals.

The right lawyer will have the expertise needed to negotiate on your behalf, ensuring that you are fully covered for any damages incurred as a result of the accident. If your lawyer does not have experience in dealing with accidents involving a tractor trailer jack knife, it is unlikely that he or she will be able to fight your case in the way that you deserve.

Edwards & Patterson has a long history of winning in cases involving injury or death from a tractor jackknifing accident. Make sure that you avail of the best representation anywhere in Oklahoma by consulting with our expert lawyers today.

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