Jackknife truck accidents occur when a truck’s trailer swings to the side and stops perpendicular to both the cab of the truck, as well as other vehicles on the road. This type of accident is dangerous for obvious reasons; a jackknifing truck may roll over, hit other cars, and may even trap and crush another nearby car between the cab and trailer.
Most jackknife accidents are completely preventable. While unforeseeable factors, like an animal darting into road, contribute to some of these serious truck accidents, the majority occur because of driver error. Some examples of driver error and negligence that can contribute to a jackknife accident include:
If you believe any of the following played a part in your accident, you may be able to hold the driver or the trucking company liable for your injuries.
If you believe that the jackknife accident that caused your injuries would not have occurred but for another party’s negligence, you will need to prove it. By gathering evidence, including ECM data, shipping and loading logs, and witness testimony, you can build a case that proves that the responsible party breached the duty of care owed to you and others on the road, resulting in the accident and your injuries.
It is important that you act quickly — the longer you wait, the more able the trucking company is to destroy evidence, and the closer you come to approaching New York’s statute of limitations.
To get started on gathering evidence and building your case today, call the Long Island truck accident attorneys at the Goldstein & Bashner. Your first consultation is always free and unless we win your case, you do not pay us a dime.
Contact us today: 516-217-9097.