Meridian Jackknife Accidents
When a big rig loses control of the trailer it is hauling, all bets are off. Jackknifing is a term used when the trailer behind the truck starts to skid in an opposite direction than the truck is traveling, forming a distinctive “L” shape. This frequently occurs due to driver negligence and can be the result of improper braking, speeding, or careless driving in inclement weather conditions. When truck drivers lose control, a big 18-wheeler can turn into a mechanism of destruction, and an accident can injure numerous people spanning multiple cars. If you have been injured in a jackknife accident, the Meridian truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are here to help you. We have over 30 attorneys and more than 120 support staff members that are experienced in handling complex trucking accident cases. Let us be on your team and fight for your rights.Why Does Jackknifing Occur?
Jackknifing is the result of a trailer’s tires losing traction and not maintaining their grip on the road. Federal trucking regulations require interstate trucking companies to properly train their drivers on how to operate these vehicles. Through proper training, drivers should learn how to safely maneuver a big rig truck. Jackknifing may be caused by any of the following factors:
- Equipment failure
- Icy roads
- Improper braking
- Driver negligence
- Poor training
Victims of truck accidents in the Meridian area can suffer critical injuries requiring immediate medical care. Hospital and doctor bills can pile up, and victims may have trouble paying them if they are too injured to immediately return to work. In order to recover compensation for these direct losses, in addition to pain and suffering, Mississippi law requires the victim to assert his or her case. If the victim passed away, the claim does not disappear. Instead, survivors may utilize Mississippi’s wrongful death laws.
Our lawyers can seek to promptly begin investigating your accident by obtaining the accident report, contacting witnesses, and retaining experts if appropriate. To recover damages, you will likely need to show the truck driver acted negligently or unreasonably under the circumstances. For example, let’s say a truck driver was speeding as he approached a traffic jam on Interstate 20. He slammed on his brakes, causing the trailer to jackknife and strike your car in an adjacent lane. You could show that the trucker breached a legal duty owed to you to drive safely by disregarding the speed limits and slamming on the brakes.
After handling truck wreck cases for more than 25 years, our 18-wheeler accident attorneys understand the importance of not only proving what happened, but identifying all potentially responsible parties. In Mississippi, the trucking company could be held liable if the trucker was operating in the normal course and scope of his employment. This is a legal theory known as vicarious liability. For instance, if the driver was making a delivery at the time on his authorized route, then the trucking company could be liable for the damages to the injured party.
Investigating the accident could reveal more direct forms of negligence against the trucking company itself. Two common forms of negligence are negligent hiring and training. Negligent hiring can be established by showing the company failed to conduct proper background checks or hired someone who was not qualified for the position. Negligent training, on the other hand, concerns the steps taken by a company to ensure its drivers understand how to safely operate these large vehicles and abide by pertinent federal regulations.Call a Meridian Lawyer Today
Proving negligence in a jackknife accident case requires skilled representation. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our lawyers can retain qualified experts to help you satisfy your legal burden under Mississippi law. For a free consultation with one of our trucking accident attorneys, call 800-529-4004 or fill out our online form. We can take steps to help protect your legal rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. Our legal team helps victims of motor vehicle wrecks throughout Meridian, Lauderdale County, and surrounding areas, so let us show you why NST is the way to go.