Jackknife accidents are a common form of trucking accident and can be devastating, causing property damage, serious injuries or death. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a tractor trailer that jackknifed, contact the Capaz Law Firm. We understand the complexities of semi tractor trailer accidents and have the experience necessary to fight aggressively to hold the at-fault party accountable.

What is a Jackknife Accident?

A jackknife accident occurs when a semi’s trailer swings out to far and forms a 90 degree angle with the (cab) tractor. When this happens, the semi truck skids out of control, often times causing it to collide with other cars in its path until it comes to a stop. This can be devastating to cars and smaller vehicles that are struck by the large semi tractor trailer.

What Causes Jackknife Accidents?

Jackknife accidents often occur when a truck driver swerves or brakes too quickly causing their vehicle to skids out of control. While semi truck drivers are supposed to be trained to handle different driving conditions, driver error is often considered the cause of these types of accidents. Drivers often make mistakes that cause their brakes to lock up and their trucks to jackknife. An experienced semi truck accident attorney will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine what caused it.

Who is Responsible for Your Accident?

Depending on what caused your accident will determine who is responsible for damages. Sometimes multiple parties are responsible including the truck driver, the trucking company, or another other party. A thorough investigation of your accident is necessary. That is why it is so important to hire a lawyer with experience in these types of cases. An experienced semi tractor trailer accident lawyer will know what kind of evidence to analyze and can help secure and document this evidence before it disappears.

Contact a Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer in Tampa

If you have been the victim of a tractor trailer jackknife accident, contact the Capaz Law Firm now.