Dallas Jackknife Accident Lawyers
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If you or a loved one have been involved in a jackknife truck accident in Dallas, Texas, you understand the devastating consequences such collisions can have. Jackknife accidents are among the most dangerous types of truck accidents, often resulting in severe injuries, property damage, and even fatalities. At Potts Law Firm, we have a team of experienced and dedicated Dallas jackknife accident lawyers who are ready to fight for your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.
What is a Jackknife Accident?
Jackknife accidents occur when a large commercial truck, such as an 18-wheeler, skids and the trailer swings out at a sharp angle, resembling the folding of a jackknife. These accidents are particularly hazardous due to the immense size and weight of commercial trucks, which can cause significant damage to smaller vehicles on the road.
These accidents commonly happen due to several factors, including:
- Overbraking: One of the primary causes of jackknife accidents is when the truck driver applies excessive braking force, causing the wheels on the tractor or trailer to lock up. This loss of traction can lead to the trailer skidding out of control and swinging around the cab.
- Slippery road conditions: Wet or icy roads reduce the tire's grip on the surface, making it more likely for the truck's wheels to lose traction during braking or sudden maneuvers. This lack of grip can initiate a skid and increase the risk of jackknifing.
- Speeding: Driving at high speeds reduces a truck's stability and increases the likelihood of a jackknife accident, especially when combined with sudden braking or sharp turns.
- Curve negotiation: Negotiating curves or bends in the road at high speeds can cause the truck's trailer to swing out uncontrollably, leading to a jackknife accident.
- Sudden lane changes: Abruptly changing lanes or swerving can upset the balance of the truck and lead to a loss of control, potentially causing a jackknife.
- Equipment failure: Mechanical issues, such as brake failure, malfunctioning ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), or tire blowouts, can increase the risk of jackknife accidents.
- Improperly loaded cargo: Unevenly distributed or improperly secured cargo can shift during transit, altering the weight distribution and stability of the truck-trailer combination, making it more susceptible to jackknifing.
- Inexperienced drivers: Inexperienced or inadequately trained truck drivers may lack the necessary skills to handle emergency situations, increasing the likelihood of accidents, including jackknifes.
- Adverse weather conditions: Heavy rain, snow, or strong crosswinds can affect a truck's stability and handling, making it more challenging for the driver to control the vehicle and avoid jackknife accidents.
- Negligence and human error: Distracted driving, fatigue, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can impair a truck driver's judgment and reaction times, leading to potential jackknife accidents.
Why You Need a Dallas Jackknife Accident Lawyer
After a jackknife truck accident, the trucking company and its insurers will likely launch an immediate investigation to minimize their liability. It is crucial to have an experienced Dallas jackknife accident lawyer on your side who can conduct an independent investigation to preserve crucial evidence and determine liability.
At Potts Law Firm, our seasoned attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the complexities involved in jackknife accident cases. We will work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf, ensuring that all responsible parties are held accountable for their negligence.
We know how to build a strong case that can stand up to the defense's attacks. Our goal is to help you obtain the justice you need to move forward with your life.
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