Truck Jackknife Accident Claims in Northern California

Injured in a Truck Accident? Our Chico Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help!

Being in any type of car accident can be frightening, but truck accidents have a tendency to be even more fear-provoking, mostly because of the extreme risk they pose. Due to the weight and size of semi-trucks, every accident involved with one of these big vehicles has the potential for dangerous consequences. Jackknifing accidents, where the trailer of the truck swings forward to meet the front-end, are one such example. If you or a loved one was injured after a truck accident, you may have a legal right to compensation for damages.

Our personal injury lawyers understand how traumatizing, stressful, and painful suffering a truck accident can be. At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, it is our desire to handle the legalities of your crash, from insurance claims to settlement agreements, so that you can focus on physical and emotional healing after your ordeal.

To schedule a free consultation, call our Chico office at (530) 413-0245.

What Causes a Truck to Jackknife?

The massive weight of semi-trucks, roughly 80,000 pounds, and the way that weight is distributed through the trailer, can have a huge impact in the way a truck drives and the course it will take in a crash. If a driver is inexperienced in handling such a heavy vehicle, or if he or she must make an immediate stop to avoid some road hazard, it may cause the weight at the back to swing forward, thus jackknifing the vehicle. These types of accidents can be extremely dangerous, sometimes causing trucks to sweep the road or highway, hitting multiple vehicles as it makes its path.

Common causes of truck jackknifing may include:

  • Attempting to come to a sudden stop to avoid a road hazard
  • Inexperienced or poorly trained driver
  • Negligent driver
  • Improperly loaded trailer
  • Icy or slippery roads
  • Equipment or vehicle malfunction

While jackknifing accidents can happen anywhere, they usually occur on exit ramps, curved roads, or other areas where a truck may fishtail. If you were injured because a truck jackknifed for any reason, contact our firm immediately and discover if you have a case.

Seeking Compensation for Damages

After an accident, it can be hard to go over the details and figure out your next move. At at the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, our legal team will help you make a plan regarding insurance claims, appropriate documentation, and proving liability. There are many different parties that could be held liable for a truck accident, including the trucking company, driver, the crew who loaded the trailer, and faulty part manufacturers, to name a few. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, we can use our resources to determine who is at fault in order to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

Contact the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley to discuss your legal rights after a jackknifed truck accident.

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