When a Jackknife Truck Accident Causes Injury or Death our Lawyers Seek Justice for you and your Family
If you are injured in a jackknife tractor-trailer accident, we’re on your side
A jackknife accident occurs when a trailer loses its traction, spins forward and folds in on the tractor towing it, much like the closing of the blade of a pocket knife. The sheer size and weight of a fully loaded 18-wheel tractor-trailer demands that the driver exercise caution, maintain situational awareness at all times, and allow proper braking distances for conditions such as highway surfaces, weather, speed, and visibility. When a truck driver’s neglect of any of these causes injury or death, count on the South Carolina truck accident attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, to help you seek justice and fair compensation.
What are some causes of jackknife truck accidents?
The jackknife accident is governed by the laws of physics. A fully loaded trailer carrying tens of thousands of pounds of cargo far outweighs its tractor. If its tires lose their adhesion because of sudden braking at highway speed the trailer continues its forward movement even though the cab is slowing down. The energy of the trailer’s forward motion is then transferred laterally, causing the trailer to slide out back-end first, to the right or left. The energy of a fully loaded trailer sliding into oncoming traffic is like a giant hammer delivering hundreds of thousands of foot pounds of energy to anything it strikes. The shifting balance may also cause both the tractor and trailer to spin and lose their cargo, or trigger a deadly underride collision.
The most common cause is a truck driver’s rapid braking, most often due to:
- Speeding, tailgating or reckless driving
- Poor driver training
- Failure to adjust speed and braking distance to weather conditions
- Driving drunk, or while impaired
- Poor truck maintenance
- Brake failure and defective auto parts
Truck accident litigation to determine fault
Survivors of jackknife accidents may suffer life-long injuries. If you are injured or a loved one has died in a truck accident you should seek qualified legal counsel at once. You can believe that the trucking company or its insurance carrier probably put its lawyers to work within hours of the accident, to attempt to place the blame elsewhere. You will need a tough, no-nonsense South Carolina truck accident lawyer capable of meeting their challenge and protecting your interests. The attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, work closely with experts and accident reconstruction specialists to determine the exact causes of and responsibility for an accident. We immediately give legal notice that the trucking carrier must preserve all evidence, including the truck itself, and subpoena the drivers’ logs and employment record, truck maintenance records, and other important evidence. In this way the trucking company is prevented from “losing” evidence. We may be able to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement, but if a satisfactory settlement can’t be reached our experienced litigators may have to prove responsibility damages in a court of law at trial.
Put your trust in the South Carolina law firm that puts people first
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC’s team of hard-working, no-nonsense South Carolina truck accident lawyers has extensive experience advocating for individuals who have suffered injury and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one because of negligence by a trucking company or its driver. We are dedicated, driven and committed to delivering results. Let us help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, today. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by an experienced South Carolina truck accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. We proudly serve people throughout the state from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.