Jackknife Accidents

Nebraska truck accident lawyers defend your rights

When a truck gets thrown off balance, it can skid and cause the trailer to swing out to one side. The resulting angle resembles a jackknife. And if another vehicle is in the wrong place at the wrong time, that car can become trapped and crushed between the truck’s cab and trailer.

A jackknife truck accident can easily occur if the truck was traveling with any significant speed. These accidents are usually caused when the truck’s wheels lock due to slippery roads, speeding or sharp curves. In addition, many truck drivers are tired, distracted and overworked, resulting in careless, unsafe driving that leads to a jackknife accident.

The truck accident attorneys at Ausman Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O. in Omaha know how devastating an accident can be for everyone involved. That’s why we’re dedicated to getting you results and recovering the damages you’re entitled to in Nebraska.

Jackknife accidents are preventable

Like most accidents, negligence is usually the cause of a jackknifed truck. When approaching a patch of slippery road or traveling at a high speed, it’s the drivers’ responsibility to navigate around the obstacle, brake accordingly, and avoid a collision. Strategies truckers should employ include:

  • Maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles on the road
  • Not speeding
  • Paying attention to the road (not engaging in distracting behavior like texting)
  • Maintaining calm control of the truck

A truck driver is responsible for their vehicle on the road. Driving something so cumbersome demands extra attention to detail as well as caution in order to keep other vehicles safe.

Injuries caused by jackknife accidents

When a truck folds in on itself, the trailer swings to the side, posing serious risk to drivers around it. Their cars can get hit by the trailer, and take on incredible damage due to the truck’s sheer size and weight. When a truck suddenly begins to veer out of control, nearby drivers often have little time to react, especially since the truck is now at risk of a rollover accident. Injuries caused by these accidents can range from mild to traumatic, including:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal cord or back injuries
  • Concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Contusions and nerve damage

Injuries caused by trucks can be severe or even fatal. They can leave you disabled, unable to work for weeks or months or perhaps ever again. You may be dealing with permanent mobility issues or chronic pain. Your right to heal needs to be defended. Our law firm can help.

Your right to recovery

Recovering from a jackknife accident can be a long, arduous process. We know the pain and suffering caused by mental and physical damages. That’s because we have worked with so many people just like you.

We represent victims of jackknife accidents, and are dedicated to getting them the compensation they deserve for their suffering. If you or a loved one were injured in a jackknife accident with a tractor-trailer, contact us today for a free consultation.

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Ausman Law Firm

9850 Nicholas St., Suite 305
Omaha, NE 68114
Phone: (402) 933-8140
Fax: (402) 913-3471