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Truck Jackknife Accidents

A jackknife crash is a commercial truck accident in which the trailer swings out to the side and toward the cab resembles the folding motion of a jackknife. These types of crashes have the potential to cause extremely serious and possibly even deadly injuries.

There are several reasons why these accidents occur in Pennsylvania, including:

  • Brake Failure
  • Defective Equipment
  • Driver Error
  • Excess Weight in Trailer
  • Improperly Maintained Vehicle
  • Locked Axles
  • Speeding
  • Unsafe Driving for Weather Conditions

When other passenger vehicles are involved in a jackknife crash, people may sustain a variety of catastrophic injuries. A victim who suffers a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be unable to ever work again and require a lifetime of assistance with their daily living.

In some of these cases, the truck driver can be at fault if his or her negligence caused the crash. However, the companies that hired and employed him or her would be liable for the damage that resulted. And trucking companies can also be responsible if any mechanical issue with the tractor-trailer caused the vehicle to jackknife.

Insurance adjusters and lawyers for these trucking companies will often attempt to get accident victims to agree to early settlements that prevent people from filing lawsuits. However, they will also try to get injured individuals to make recorded statements that ultimately hurt their ability to recover compensation later on—or possibly eliminate their chances of getting anything at all.

The experienced West Chester jackknife accident attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices help crash victims all across Southeastern Pennsylvania. Our lawyers work as a team to investigate the causes of these accidents and we also handle phone calls from the insurance representatives of negligent trucking companies. Furthermore, our firm represents every client on a contingency fee basis so we do not get paid a dime unless we make a financial recovery.

We proudly serve several communities across West Chester, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, Malvern, and Philadelphia. An experienced attorney from our firm will provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (610) 719-3190 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.