REPRESENTING JACKKNIFE CRASH VICTIMS
A jackknife accident is a term used to describe when an 18-wheeler truck and its trailer start to skid, and the trailer swings out before stopping and forming a 90-degree angle with the head of the truck. If the truck is traveling at high speeds and jackknifes, it will often rollover and cause even more damage. There are many possible reasons that a jackknife can occur, and just as many potential injuries that you can sustain if you were involved with a jackknife accident. We at Aratta Law Firm, have years of experience with severe truck accidents, and can help fight for your maximum compensation. If you have been severely injured due to a jackknife incident, contact us at (818) 550-1111. We will fight for you.
WHAT CAUSES JACKKNIFE ACCIDENTS?
There are many reasons why a jackknife crash might happen. Roads are unpredictable, and even the most seasoned truck drivers may run into a rough spot here and there. Some of the more common reasons are:
- Bad weather
- Driving aggressively, fatigued, or distracted
- Failing to maintain the vehicle
- Inadequate driver training
- Mechanical issues
- Overloaded trailer
- Brake failure
- Driving under the influence
- Unsecured loads
- Failing to yield
Whatever the reason for the accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries. An incident like a jackknife can be devastating and may lead to high medical bills and lost wages, not to mention pain and suffering. An experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorney will work tirelessly to hold those responsible for your injuries liable. Don’t hesitate to contact us today.
WHAT INJURIES CAN YOU SUSTAIN?
Truck accidents, due to their incredible size and difficulty slowing down, are often devastating. Trucking companies have quotas to fill and will often push their drivers to move quickly and give up their breaks. This leads to fatigued or distracted driving, and pain and suffering for those unfortunate enough to be involved in a trucking accident. Some of the more common, and catastrophic, injuries are:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Skull fracture
- Limb amputation or loss
- Internal organ injuries
- Wrongful death
Sustaining any sort of severe injury is frightening and can be incredibly difficult to cope with, but don’t let that get in the way of getting the compensation you deserve. An experienced Glendale truck accident attorney will be able to do the heavy lifting for you so that you can rest at ease, knowing that you won’t be left with immense medical debt.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
The time you have to file a claim after the date of the incident, otherwise known as the statute of limitations, for a jackknife accident is two years. When those two years are up, you may no longer be able to file a claim. There are a few exceptions to this. For example, you may be given more time if the injured party was a minor. However, these exceptions are far and few between. You should assume you only have two years.
It is important to know that if the vehicle you are filing a suit against is a public vehicle – as in owned by a school, city, or state – you only have 6 months since the date of the accident to file a claim. That isn’t a lot of time, especially since jackknife accidents often lead to severe injuries, and you or your loved one need time to recover. That’s why you need an experienced, personal injury attorney at your side to do the hard work for you.
WHO IS LIABLE?
Each case is different, so it is impossible to say exactly who is liable before reviewing the details. However, in the case of truck accidents, there are a few possibilities. The truck driver may be liable, if they drove negligently, were under the influence of alcohol, or were distracted by their phone. The trucking company can also be held liable if it is found that the driver was pressured to overly exert themselves, leading to them driving while severely fatigued. In addition, the mechanic or mechanic shop that is responsible for maintaining the truck might be liable if it is found that there was a mechanical error, they should have caught that caused the accident.
Whoever is liable, you only have a short time to file your claim before the statute of limitations is up. In the state of California, there a statute of limitations on filing a claim, and it is a ticking clock. Don’t lose out on this opportunity; the company responsible for your pain would like nothing more than for you to disappear, taking your ability to recover the maximum amount of money for your damages along with you.
At Aratta Law Firm, we won’t let this happen – so long as you call today. Dial (818) 550-1111 to get the facts in a free and confidential case evaluation with a compassionate and experienced Glendale truck accident lawyer.