Cape Girardeau Jackknife Accidents
When a commercial truck is traveling along a road and its cab and attached trailer move in different directions and end up forming an L shape, the truck is doing what is known as jackknifing. A truck that is jackknifing poses a serious threat to the safety of others nearby. Many jackknife collisions usually involve the truck’s attached trailer or cab colliding with other vehicles across multiple lanes and causing those caught in the accident to sustain serious injuries. If a jackknife accident in Cape Girardeau caused you or a loved one to suffer injuries, you may be able to recover compensatory damages for your injuries and losses with the help of one of the Cape Girardeau truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. We are a large regional personal injury law firm comprised of more than 30 experienced lawyers and over 120 committed support staff members.Establishing Liability for a Jackknife Accident
When a truck’s tires lose traction while on the road, jackknifing usually occurs as a result. The loss of traction of a commercial truck’s tires can be due to several things, such as poor maintenance, improper braking by the truck driver, wet road conditions, and more. For instance, you could be driving along Interstate 55 near West Park Mall – located at 3049 William Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703 – on a day it is raining and see a tractor-trailer truck starting to jackknife in the lane adjacent to you. The attached trailer could end up swinging into the back of your vehicle and sending you off the interstate highway, resulting in you suffering serious injuries.
Injuries and losses you sustain from a jackknife crash can possibly be recovered from the truck driver, but in order to do that, you will likely have to establish the negligence of the truck driver by showing that you were owed a duty of reasonable care by the truck driver, but he or she breached it, which resulted in you sustaining injuries. Common injuries suffered in a trucking accident can include whiplash, neck and back injuries, head trauma, and broken bones. The trucking company may also be held liable with the help of a skilled lawyer. If the truck driver was acting within the course and scope of their employment when the accident occurred, the truck driver’s employer may be held vicariously liable.
After liability has been established, damages can become the focus of your case. To compensate you for medical bills from nearby hospitals – such as Saint Francis Medical Center, which is located at 211 Saint Francis Drive, Cape Girardeau, Missouri – lost wages, and other monetary losses stemming from the crash, you can be awarded economic damages. If you experienced loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, or some other intangible loss due to accident, you can be awarded non-economic damages.NST Attorneys Can Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
Jackknife accidents are just one of several types of trucking collisions that can involve multiple vehicles and leave victims with severe, life-altering injuries in just a matter of seconds. At the personal injury law firm of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we fight for victims of truck crashes in Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville, Hayti, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, and in other communities throughout Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Contact us today by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule a free appointment with a trucking collision lawyer. NST is the way to go.