Los Angeles Jackknife Trucking Accident Attorneys
Representation for Victims of Jackknifed Truck Accidents
Have you or a loved one been injured in a jackknife truck accident? Are you overwhelmed because the medical bills are piling up and you have no way to pay them off? It is common for truck accident victims to sustain costly damages. In especially tragic cases, the results are fatal, and families are left to mourn the passing of a loved one as well as deal with the financial fallout.
The experienced Los Angeles truck accident lawyers at Kahn Roven, LLP understand just how devastating jackknife accidents can be. What makes them even worse is that they are often preventable, and usually can be attributed to negligence on the part of the truck driver and/or the company. If this is the case for your accident, you may be eligible to recover damages. Call us today at (844) 9-INJURED to see how we may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. We offer free case evaluations.
What Causes a Truck to Jackknife?
Jackknife accidents occur when the tractor skids or otherwise loses traction, and the resulting momentum propels the trailer forward, making it fold against the tractor, much like a closing jackknife, hence the name. Once jackknifing starts, it is extremely difficult to stop and virtually impossible to control. During an emergency situation, a truck driver has at least three braking options:
- Locking the steering axle brakes, causing the rig to move in a straight line – usually the best option.
- Locking the trailer axles, causing the loss of directional control.
- Locking the drive axles, commonly resulting in a jackknife accident.
A qualified truck driver should be able to gauge the potential outcomes of his/her actions, even in the spur of the moment, and choose the one that leads to the least potential of harm to the drivers around him/her. Making the wrong decision could constitute an act of negligence.
Driver error isn’t the only causal factor of jackknife accidents; inadequate maintenance, dangerous road conditions, and defective parts can contribute to an incident as well. Consult with an attorney to determine what party or parties are liable in your case.
How Can I Prove My Los Angeles Jackknife Accident Claim?
Getting compensation after a jackknife truck accident is easier said than done. The trucking company may exhaust all of their legal and financial resources to put a stop to your claim. Not only that, you may have a difficult time establishing fault and liability – the essential elements of any claim – unless you seek help from a legal professional.
At Kahn Roven, LLP, our staff has the skills and resources necessary to successfully litigate a jackknife accident injury claim. Using our investigatory skills, we can recreate the scene of the accident in order to establish liability. We can also consult with medical experts to determine the full extent of your damages. With our help, the at-fault party can be held accountable for your losses.
Secure Your Future Finances and Well-Being
Please let the Los Angeles truck accident lawyers at Kahn Roven, LLP lend you guidance in your time of need. With us as your legal representatives, you can rest assured that your needs are being tended to with utmost dedication. Contact our office for more information about how our firm can help you.