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Jackknife Accidents

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Large trucks are an important part of South Dakota’s economy. They often share Interstate 229, 29 and 90 with smaller passenger vehicles. However, when a truck loses control due to poor driving habits or slippery road conditions, the damage can be devastating. Jackknife truck accidents can happen with any large vehicle with a trailer hitched to the back. When the vehicle loses control, the trailer spins out and forms an L shape at a 90-degree angle.

If you have been injured, you need the legal advocacy of an experienced truck accident attorney. The legal team at Northern Plains Justice have years of experience and legal knowledge handling jackknife accidents caused by negligent truck drivers. We have the case results to prove it. Contact us today and find out what we can do for you.

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Severity of jackknife accidents

Jackknife accidents can happen during slippery road conditions caused by winter weather or rain. They tend to happen more often when the trailer is empty and lacks traction. When a truck driver approaches a curve too quickly, suddenly applies the brakes or swerves to avoid an obstacle in the road, the tractor trailer can lose its forward momentum. The same thing can happen when a tire blowout occurs.

Once the trailer spins out of control, other vehicles can be struck, underride crashes can occur, the truck can rollover, and multiple parties can be injured. Due to the sheer size and weight of a tractor trailer, the injuries caused to other motorists can be severe and even life-threatening. Injuries often include:

  • Concussions and other head injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Severed limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Why trust us?

Since multiple parties are often involved, jackknife accidents can be very complex for those affected. This means multiple insurance companies, investigators and adjustors. The truck cab, trailer and cargo may be insured separately. Truck companies will often launch a prompt investigation in hopes of downplaying the fault of their drivers. Additionally, large trucks are a liability to insurance companies. A single accident can cost millions of dollars. For that reason, insurance companies often go to great lengths to keep their costs down, even if it means downplaying your claim.

That’s why you should consult with an attorney at Northern Plains Justice as soon as possible. Don’t try to handle a jackknife accident claim alone and never accept a meager settlement. Let our experienced legal team handle your claim. We can gather crucial evidence to build a strong claim and fight to hold negligent drivers and their companies accountable for your losses.

Contact us today for a free consultation, or simply call our Sioux Falls office at 605-306-4100.

Sioux Falls

4301 W. 57th Street, Suite 121
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Phone: 605-306-4100
Fax: 605-306-6278
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