Tampa Tractor Trailer Jackknife Accidents
Rollovers. Sideswipes. Runaways. These are all common forms of trucking accidents. But one of the most common and most deadly forms is the jackknife accident. Jackknife accidents can be extremely devastating, causing property damage, serious injuries or death. If you’ve been involved in a tractor trailer jackknife accident in Tampa or surrounding counties, contact the Capaz Law Firm. We understand the complexities of tractor trailer accidents and will fight aggressively to hold the at-fault party accountable and get you the compensation you need to recover.
What is a Jackknife Accident?
A jackknife accident occurs when a semi truck’s trailer swings out too far and forms a 90 degree angle with the tractor. When this happens, the semi truck skids out of control, colliding with other vehicles in its path until it comes to a stop. As you can imagine, this can be quite devastating to smaller vehicles that are struck by the massive semi truck.
What Causes Jackknife Accidents?
Jackknife accidents often occur when a truck driver swerves or brakes too quickly causing their vehicle to skid out of control. While truck drivers are trained to handle different driving conditions and emergency situations, drivers often make mistakes that cause their brakes to lock up and their trucks to jackknife. Therefore, driver error is often considered the cause of these types of accidents.
However, other factors may contribute to these accidents as well such as slippery roads or equipment failure. An experienced tractor trailer accident attorney will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine what caused it.
Who is Liable for Your Accident?
Depending on what caused your accident will determine who is liable for damages. Sometimes multiple parties may be to blame including the truck driver, the truck company or manufacturer, or another party. A thorough investigation of your accident will be necessary. That’s why it’s so important to hire an attorney with experience in these types of cases. An experienced tractor trailer accident attorney will know what kind of evidence to look for and can help secure this evidence before it disappears.
Contact a Tampa Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney
If you have been the victim of a tractor trailer jackknife accident, contact the Capaz Law Firm now. Call for your free consultation.