Truck Accident Lawyers in Clinton, TN
Commercial trucks, especially larger ones, are often articulated motor vehicles comprised of a cab and a trailer. When a jackknife accident occurs, the trailer and cab fold at the point of separation, often making a 90-degree angle similar to an opening or closing pocketknife. Although these accidents are named for their resemblance to simple knives, the devastation they can cause is far from simple.
At Cantrell, Goodge & Associates, our Clinton personal injury attorneys have extensive experience protecting the rights of clients harmed in all types of auto accidents, including those involving commercial trucks and tractor-trailers. If you or someone you love has been injured in a jackknife accident that could and should have been prevented, you may have the right to pursue financial compensation for your damages.
Because trucking wrecks commonly result in serious injuries, or even wrongful death, our legal team understands the elevated need for sophisticated investigations and meticulous preparation. Our goals center on determining whether negligence led to collisions and damages suffered by victims, ensuring at-fault parties are held accountable, and compelling insurance companies to pay what victims are rightfully owed.
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Causes of Jackknife Accidents
Jackknife accidents can result from a variety of factors, including negligence of truckers and trucking companies that fail to adequately maintain vehicles or properly employ and train safe operators. Common causes of these wrecks include:
- High speeds
- Driver fatigue or impairment
- Curves and steep angles
- Wet weather conditions
- Equipment malfunction
When exploring the underlying causes of a jackknife wreck, our attorneys focus on elements that indicate whether the wreck could and should have been prevented. Driving at high speeds, including dangerous speeds for the given conditions, is an example of how a trucker’s negligence could lead to a preventable jackknifing. Failing to maintain vehicles that eventually experience brake failure or tire blowouts is another example of the role negligence can play in causing these wrecks.
Negligence & Victims’ Rights
As victims of negligence, people injured in truck accidents can pursue personal injury claims in order to seek a recovery of the damages they incurred in wrecks. In order to establish negligence, our legal team looks closely at the facts and investigation to highlight how truckers or their employer’s failed to uphold their legal duty of taking reasonable measures to keep the public safe.
When truckers or trucking operators do fail to uphold their legal obligation, commit safety violations, or engage in acts of negligence that lead to preventable wrecks, victims may be entitled to financial compensation for the following damages:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost work wages or future income
- Mental anguish and emotional injuries
- Pain and suffering
As trucking wrecks can also cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, families of victims or families who have lost loved ones in fatal collisions, may also have the right to recover compensation for their emotional injuries, loss of companionship and support, and other relevant damages. Our firm pays close attention to how wrecks impacted the lives of victims and their families in order to ensure they are in position to recover the maximum compensation possible.
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Our award-winning personal injury attorneys leverage experience, resources, and an unwavering passion for helping victims to fight back against insurance companies that want to pay as little as they can. If you or someone you love has been harmed in a jackknife accident or any other type of trucking collision, we encourage you to learn more about your rights and what we can do to guide you through the legal process ahead by speaking personally with a member of Cantrell, Goodge & Associates.
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