We Help Seattle Jackknife Accident Victims
A law firm you can trust to help you recover
A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh over 80,000 pounds. In some of the most serious truck accidents on the road, all that weight can suddenly swinging towards a much smaller vehicle. These are called jackknife accidents, so named because the tractor folds in against the cab in a jackknife shape. And when these accidents occur, they often cause devastating injuries.
At NLE Law, our jackknife accident lawyers know how to help victims recover. We’ve spent decades handling some of the most severe, debilitating injury cases in the Seattle area. As your attorney, we will fight for the care and compensation you need to rebuild your life.
Why do jackknife accidents happen?
Commercial trucks are more difficult to handle than passenger cars. That’s why truck drivers are required to have additional training and licensing before they can legally operate a tractor-trailer. Some common causes of jackknife accidents include:
- Traveling at unsafe speeds. Large trucks traveling over 55 miles per hour can swing out of control if the driver slams on the brakes. This happens often when truckers are speeding to try to make an unrealistic delivery deadline.
- Difficult curves. When a truck driver takes a curve at a high speed, especially with a long trailer, there is a significant chance that the end of the trailer will swing and fold in against the cab.
- Slippery road conditions. This happens fairly often in the rainy climate of the Seattle-Tacoma area. When the trailer loses traction with the road, the weight of the cargo may shift, causing the truck to jackknife.
- Equipment failure. Issues with the brakes or hydraulics can cause a truck to lose control and tip over or jackknife.
Regardless of the specific cause of your jackknife accident, it’s almost certain that some negligence on the part of the trucker or trucking company played a role. Most jackknife accidents come down to the trucker driving too fast or the trucking company failing to adequately maintain the truck. When that happens, we hold the trucking companies accountable.
Our lawyers will help you recover
Filing a claim after a jackknife accident can be challenging, especially if you have a severe injury. There may be multiple insurance companies involved, and you may need substantial amounts of compensation to pay for long-term care and other expenses. Our attorneys have decades of experience fighting for full and fair compensation for victims of these accidents. We can start investigating your accident right away. Because the sooner we start, the stronger our case. That’s why it’s important to contact us today.
Get an attorney on your side who knows how to build a strong case for the compensation you deserve. Call (206) 623-7520 for your free consultation.