Jackson, MS Jackknife Accidents
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With the amount of commercial truck traffic that flows through Jackson, residents already know that motor vehicle accidents involving semi-trailer trucks are among the most dangerous and deadly types of collisions. If the truck jackknifes, the danger is increased even further. When the cab of the truck and the attached trailer start moving in different directions, forming that distinctive L shape associated with a jackknife accident, the truck can become a rolling weapon spanning the entire width of the roadway. In these scenarios, the potential for multiple victims with severe injuries significantly increases. If you have been injured in a jackknife accident, the Jackson truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are here to help you. With more than 30 attorneys and over 100 staff members, our firm has the experience and resources to investigate the crash and fight to protect your legal rights.
Pursuing Damages After a Trucking Accident
As in most other types of tractor-trailer accident cases, victims of jackknife accidents in Jackson will need to prove that the negligence of the truck driver, their employer, or both caused their injuries. In jackknife cases, the mechanism of the accident itself can give clues about the negligent actions or inaction involved. Often, jackknifing occurs because the trailer’s tires lose traction and are unable to maintain their grip on the road. There are several common causes for this loss of traction, including driver distraction, improper braking, poor road conditions, and improper maintenance of the vehicle.
Heavy trucks are a common sight on the three main interstates in the Jackson area (I-20, I-55, and I-220), as well as on US-49, US-80, and other major roads. When they strike a passenger car, the people in the car are much more likely than the truck driver to suffer serious harm. Of the 81 people who lost their lives in fatal truck accidents in Mississippi in 2014, 68 were occupants of cars or people outside vehicles. This percentage correlates roughly to the national average and was not significantly different from previous years. Unfortunately, fatal accidents increased by over 50% in Jackson from 2013 to 2014, suggesting that drivers continue to use inadequate care.
Depending on the facts of your case, different legal theories can be used to hold both the truck driver and the trucking company liable for your injuries. Generally, trucking companies can be held responsible for the actions of their truck drivers that are within the course and scope of the driver’s employment with the company. This is called vicarious liability. An example of vicarious liability under Mississippi law would be a situation where a truck driver, driving from one warehouse to another, looks down at his phone and starts to veer off the road. The driver then brakes suddenly and causes the truck to jackknife and collide with another car, resulting in injuries. As long as the driver was on the job at the time and traveling on an authorized route, a court would likely hold the trucking company responsible for the injuries caused by the driver’s negligence.
Other ways that trucking companies can be held responsible in a jackknife accident include negligent hiring, negligent training, negligent supervision, and the direct negligence of the company itself. For instance, negligent training could arise if the company failed to ensure that the driver received sufficient training regarding operation of the truck and steps to avoid jackknifing. By consulting with a tractor-trailer accident lawyer in Jackson, you can understand the various legal theories that can be used to help you recover for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Experienced Attorneys in the Jackson Area Available to Discuss Your Case Today
At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our trucking accident attorneys have been fighting for compensation for truck accident and other personal injury victims for over 30 years, and we have succeeded in recovering over $1.5 billion for our clients. We are eager to use that experience to help you obtain compensation in your accident case as well. If you were hit by a tanker truck or delivery truck, our big rig crash lawyers can get started on your case. Call us toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. If you need an injury attorney, NST is the way to go.