Helping You Recover Compensation After A Jackknife Truck Accident
A jackknife accident occurs when the trailer of a commercial truck swings to the left or right while traveling on the highway and collides with a vehicle or object. These types of accidents are called jackknife accidents because the configuration of the truck is similar to that of an open jackknife.
There are numerous reasons why jackknife accidents occur, however, they are frequently due to the fault of the commercial truck driver.
Assessing Fault In A Jackknife Accident
Jackknifing may be the fault of a distracted truck driver. A fatigued driver may also be the culprit.
If a commercial truck driver has worked for too many hours without rest and is fatigued at the wheel, he may not respond as quickly to changing traffic conditions and cause his rig to jackknife. Drivers who speed can easily lose control of their vehicle, causing a jackknife incident.
Sadly, these occur far too often. Trucking companies provide financial incentives for truck drivers to meet tight deadlines, which encourages truckers to push the limit and drive while fatigued. Such policies could open the door for a cause of action against the trucking company along with the driver.
The Importance Of Retaining Experienced Legal Representation
When jackknife accidents occur and collide with other vehicles nearby, accident victims often face enormous medical bills and other expenses. Retaining an experienced attorney, who can examine all of the contributing causes to the accident, with a thorough understanding of these types of accidents is vital.
Help From Albuquerque Attorney Matt Vance
At Law Office of Matthew Vance, attorney Matt Vance has helped many victims of truck accidents. He understands the kinds of tactics that may be deployed by truck drivers, trucking companies and insurers, all seeking to evade liability.
As an insurance defense attorney for three years, he has also gained insight into how insurance adjusters handle these cases. Matt knows how to build a strong case for his clients in order to pursue the compensation they need to move forward.
Types Of Compensation Available
Victims of a jackknifing accident may be able to recover several types of damages, depending on the circumstances. Compensation for medical treatment, rehabilitation, physical therapy, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering could be available.