Jackknife Accident Lawyers in Austin
Jackknifing occurs when the trailer of a semi-tractor trailer or 18-wheel truck swings to the side of the truck cab and creates an angle that looks similar to that of a jackknife blade when released from the handle. If the truck is traveling at a high rate of speed when the trailer swings out of position, the vehicle might rollover. The vehicle might also slide across several lanes of traffic, which puts other motorists in danger. When involved in jackknife accidents in Austin, consult with Zinda Law Group PLLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law and get legal help for the compensation that you deserve.
Our team of legal professionals will investigate the accident and decide if the jackknife accident was created by:
- Truck Driver error, fatigue, or inebriation
Jackknife accidents in Austin might occur when a driver unintentionally locks the truck’s axles by braking at the wrong time. Zinda Law Group will determine if the driver was operating the truck while under the influence of alcohol or other substances. We will also evaluate the log books while assessing the hours-of-service that displays how long the truck and driver spent on the road.
- Mechanical failure
Some jackknife accidents occur when if the truck has manufacturing assembly mistakes or overall design errors. These situations may cause unexpected braking, steering or tire failure.
- Insufficient truck maintenance
Too often mechanical failure occurs when the trucking company fails to perform the necessary maintenance on tractor trailers. Our team of legal professionals will evaluate the vehicle’s service records and determine if brake or tire failure happened because of inadequate servicing.
- Truck loaded improperly
To save time and money, some companies overload trucks and the added weight may pose a possible hazard. If not loaded properly, the weight of the cargo or the shifting weight may cause the truck to tip and cause a jackknife accident.
- Driver negligence
Many truck drivers must deliver a predetermined number of loads or must arrive at destinations at particular times before receiving pay for their efforts. These circumstances may influence drivers to exceed recommended speed limits. Driving too fast during normal or inclement weather conditions may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle because of errors in judgment.
Jackknife Accidents in Austin Resulting in Personal Injury
Innocent motorists may suffer an injury during a jackknife accident at no fault of their own. Some accidents may leave victims unable to function normally or prevent people from earning a living. These injuries often require expensive medical care that may include:
- Hospital stays and surgery
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Frequent follow-up appointments with physicians
- Treatment in a long-term care facility
If you or a loved one suffered personal injury secondary to a jackknife accident, Zinda Law Group PLLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law can help. Let us evaluate your circumstances and fight for your right to compensation. Contact us today to speak with a personal injury attorney and find out how we may be of service to you.