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Long Beach Jackknife Accident Lawyer


The Widespread Impact of Jackknife Accidents

Jackknife truck accidents are among the deadliest accidents on California roads, and they are extremely common. Commuters can be vigilant, defensive drivers on their way to work, school, or family, but when a jackknife accident occurs, it can seriously injure or kill multiple drivers and passengers.

If you have been injured in a jackknife truck incident, it is possible that there might be multiple parties responsible for the harm you have suffered. It is urgent to call an attorney who can piece together your accident and hold those who contributed to it accountable for the compensation you deserve. Contact The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV today at (562) 273-2638 and toll-free at (888) 973-0304 to get a FREE consultation with a California jackknife accident attorney.

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What Is Jackknifing?

A jackknife truck accident on an interstate or highway can be an unexpected, catastrophic, and potentially fatal situation to encounter during your daily commute. Jackknifing occurs when a driver loses control of a truck's trailer, causing it to swing out across multiple traffic lanes and form an L-shape.

Truck accidents like this can affect several traffic-packed lanes as it happens in real time. Because of a big rig’s sheer size compared to surrounding cars, this crash can cause serious damage, including to oncoming traffic, and very serious injuries to the other drivers and passengers.

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What Causes Jackknifing?

Jackknifing is a dramatic event can hold up traffic for a long time as first responders deliver assistance to multiple victims and clean up the mess. A variety of negligent actions by truck drivers and others may contribute to a jackknife accident:

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Common Injuries Caused by Jackknifing

Trucks weigh up to 80,000 lbs. This creates an incredible amount of kinetic energy when they are traveling at highway speed and collide with another vehicle. A jackknife accident may cause a truck or other vehicles to run into you, or it may cause you to collide with another vehicle. Whatever the case, the results can be devastating, leading to serious medical consequences:

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Who Can Be Found Liable for a Jackknife Accident?

Determining who is liable for any type of trucking accident can be difficult, and it becomes even more complex in a jackknifing accident where several vehicles may be involved. That’s why you’ll want to find an experienced California personal injury lawyer who knows how to investigate an accident and calculate the true value of your claim.

There are several different parties that may be held liable for your injuries if their negligence contributed to the accident, including:

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Preventing Jackknifing Accidents

Jackknife accidents are the result of human error, which means they can be prevented through effective preparation and sensible driving habits. Truck drivers need to be properly trained about how to respond in different situations. Smart companies constantly provide training for all their drivers.

Maintaining a truck and making sure all safety equipment is properly functioning is another way to prevent jackknife accidents. It’s especially important for the brakes and brake lights to be properly functioning at all times. Another thing trucking companies can do is make sure their trucks are evenly loaded. When the weight is properly distributed throughout the load, it makes stopping easier by providing good traction.

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Don't Wait to Speak with an Attorney About Your Jackknife Accident

Driving a truck in California carries with it a heavy responsibility with regard to the safety of other drivers. If you are involved in jackknife truck accident, the Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV is here to pursue all who are responsible for causing it until you are rewarded with the compensation you deserve. Don’t go at it alone. You may be entitled to compensation that includes medical expenses, lost income due to an inability to work, pain and suffering, future medical expenses and therapy, and any loss of future earnings.

Call the firm today at (562) 273-2638 and toll-free (888) 973-0304 to schedule a FREE consultation with a California personal injury lawyer who has the experience to go up against trucking owners and their insurance companies.

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