Assisting Jackknifed Truck Accident Victims

A jackknife occurs when a semi truck skids, resulting in the trailer swinging at a 90-degree angle to the cab. During a jackknife, the driver has no control and the truck's momentum may send it skidding across several traffic lanes. Any motorists traveling on the same road as a jackknifed truck are in grave danger.

Help For Columbia Truck Accident Victims

If you or a loved one has been injured in a jackknifing accident, The Copeland Law Firm can help. With more than a quarter-century of experience, our lawyers know how to help you maximize your recovery by holding the trucker, trucking company and any other responsible parties accountable for their neglect.

On your behalf, we will take a proven approach to your unique case, an approach that has obtained successful results involving many millions of dollars for clients in trucking accident cases.

Common Causes Of Jackknife Accidents

While a truck may jackknife and roll over in any type of road conditions, they often happen when roads are wet from rain or slick from snow or ice. When the wheels encounter a slippery patch of road, the truck cab moves forward and the trailer begins to fishtail. This is particularly common on exit ramps, around curves and during sudden stops or lane changes. Jackknifing may also occur when the trailer is loaded improperly or when the load isn't substantial.

There are many additional causes of truck-related accidents, including:

  • Speeding on tight curves
  • Driving on soft shoulders
  • Sudden lane changes or swerving in traffic
  • Aggressive, impatient or distracted driving
  • Poorly maintained brakes or tires
  • Shifting loads

To learn about your options after a jackknifed truck accident, schedule a free consultation with a Missouri jackknife accident lawyer by calling 573-397-5277, or you may e-mail us directly.