Grand Junction Jackknife Accident Attorneys
A jackknife accident refers to when the trailer of an 18-wheeler swings to the side, so that it’s at an angle with the cab, thus making a similar shape to an unfolded knife. These kinds of accidents are incredibly dangerous because the trailer will usually swing into other lanes of traffic, easily creating a pile-up. Given that trucks can weigh upwards of 80,000 lbs., passenger cars don’t stand a chance against them.
We at Peters & Nolan, LLC know just how devastating these accidents can be and how difficult it can be to live with the injuries you have sustained because of the poor decisions of a truck driver. If you or a loved one have been injured in a jackknife accident that wasn’t your fault, you deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering. Contact us at (970) 243-4357 and let’s talk about your case.
Jackknife accidents are most commonly caused by a loss of friction between the tires of the trailer and the road. When this happens, the driver loses all control over the trailer, and this causes it to swing sideways. Common scenarios in which this may happen include:
- Applying breaks suddenly
- Turning too quickly or sharply
- Poor road or weather conditions
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Improperly or overloaded trailer
The results of these types of negligence are almost always devastating. Victims of jackknife accidents are often left with damaged vehicles and severe injuries, if they survive the accident at all.
Jackknife accidents, like all truck accidents, can be incredibly destructive, resulting in chain reactions where multiple cars collide together. Even if a pile-up doesn’t happen, it’s likely there will still be catastrophic injuries and property damage. Some of the most common injuries we have seen as a result of a jackknife accident include:
- Fractured, broken, or crushed bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spine injuries
- Skull fractures
- Permanent disability or disfigurements
- Serious lacerations or amputations
- Internal damage
These injuries are all debilitating. It may take months, or even years, to properly recover. It is likely that, as a result of your jackknife accident, you will be left with exorbitant medical bills, unpaid time off of work, and a great deal of pain and suffering. That is why filing a claim and recovering damages may be your best bet to be able to live as comfortable a life as possible after the accident.
If you file a successful you will be awarded damages. These damages are meant to compensate for the hardships that the accident put you through. When being awarded damages there are two types you can receive compensation for. The first is economic damages, which include any monetary losses you suffered. That can include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of job opportunities
- Past, present, and future medical bills
The second type is non-economic damages. When involved in an accident, you’ll face hardships that aren’t just financial, which is where non-economic damages come in. That can include:
- Lowered quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
When filing a claim, you have to determine who is liable and who you are filing your claim against. Liability can’t be determined without a careful review of the facts of your case. However, there are a few parties that are most commonly the ones at fault:
Truck driver: When a truck driver acts negligently, such as speeding or stopping suddenly, they put everyone around them at risk. If a trucker causes someone to become injured because they drive responsibly, then they should be held accountable for their negligence and poor decisions.
Trucking company: Trucking companies operate to make a profit. The more they transport and the faster they do it, the more money they make. Because of this, companies may pressure their drivers to speed, skip rest periods, or overload their trucks, leading to accidents and injuries.
Mechanic/manufacturer: Jackknife accidents may be caused by mechanical or equipment failures. In those cases, the mechanic responsible for the truck’s maintenance or the people that manufactured the truck might be liable for the injuries caused by the accident.
Truck accidents rarely end with no one getting hurt. 18-wheelers are big, heavy, and powerful, and when they malfunction, they are hard to reign back in. That’s why the Grand Junction truck accident attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC work diligently to help those who have been hurt by jackknife accidents. No one deserves to pay for an accident that wasn’t their fault. If you were injured in a jackknife accident, call us at (970) 243-4357.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.