Semi-Truck Jackknife Accidents Are Preventable
Professional truck drivers are trained on how to bring their rigs to a stop in a way that will prevent their trailers from jackknifing or rolling over because of an unsafe load or equipment. Inexperienced and negligent truck drivers often miscalculate stopping distances, load balance and road conditions, making jackknifes and rollovers among the most common types of truck wrecks.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) strictly regulates training and techniques that should be used to avoid and prevent a jackknife or rollover accident. In addition, truck companies are required to maintain their equipment according to a strict schedule, to ensure the trailer brakes work in perfect tandem with the cab brake and transmission system. Drivers are required to report maintenance or load problems to their dispatcher as soon as they notice anything unusual.
Investigating a Truck Accident Requires Skill and Experience
If you or a member of your family was injured or killed in a truck jackknife or rollover accident, you may have a legitimate claim for significant compensation for your injuries, financial losses and pain. Often, a truck driver will claim that the car driver caused the accident because of negligent or aggressive driving. Truckers are supposed to be trained to deal with car drivers trying to share the road peacefully with oversized and overloaded rigs.
For more than a quarter-century, Humphrey, Farrington & McClain has been fighting on behalf of victims of truck driver and transportation company negligence on our roads. We are a prominent personal injury law firm with verdicts and settlements totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Our trial lawyers are experienced and work diligently to prepare every case to win in court, in the event that a fair settlement cannot be reached in negotiations.
If you are not sure whether the truck driver or transportation company was negligent, you owe it to yourself to talk to an experienced truck accident lawyer.
We have experience in all types of injury and wrongful death claims involving commercial trucks and vehicles, including:
- Jackknife and rollover accidents
- Brake failure, inability to stop
- Steering system failure
- Unsafe, unsecured loads
- FMCSA maintenance violations
- Decoupling accidents
- Unsafe truck design and failure
The truck accident attorneys at Humphrey, Farrington & McClain have recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of our clients. We handle truck accident cases that happen in all states, including Illinois, California, Texas and Florida. Our track record of success allows us to work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we shoulder the cost of litigation until our clients receive compensation for their injuries.
To arrange a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys, call 888-353-0491 or contact us online.