Jackknife & Rollover Accident in Nashville, TN
Nationally-Renowned Representation for the Injured
Semi truck jackknifes and rollovers are among the most catastrophic
truck accidents that can occur. These incidents have the highest fatality rate of any
crash type, and can devastate the lives of unsuspecting drivers. If you
have been injured or suffered a loss due to this type of accident, you
are not alone.
The firm of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge has spent decades upholding
the rights of people like you. We have recovered millions on behalf of
our clients in record-breaking verdicts across Tennessee. That’s
because we are true trial attorneys, with a record that includes hundreds
of cases brought to trial.
You can entrust your with us—call (615) 933-2893 to begin.
What Are Jackknife & Rollover Accidents?
Jackknife accidents occur when a truck’s brakes fail or lock, causing
the wheels to skid. Skidding causes the trailer to move faster than the
truck, causing it swing out at a perpendicular angle. Cars caught in this
angle will collide with the truck’s trailer, often at high speeds.
The odds of jackknifing can increase in poor weather, but jackknifing
often involves driver error, poor maintenance, or badly distributed loads.
Rollovers are a result of sudden veering, combined with heavier loads and
short wheelbase length. When a driver maneuvers poorly, the tires can
catch on the surface of the road. This essentially “trips”
the truck, causing it to roll. The fatality rates for these collisions
is also very high, at 50% for almost all truck types.
Top Causes of Jackknife Accidents
Among all the causes of jackknife accidents, four stand out as the most common.
A variety of anti-jackknife devices are employed on commercial motor vehicles
(CMVs), such as electronic brakeforce distribution and trailer brake levers
within the cab. If any of these systems fail, jackknife can ensue.
Brakes that have not been properly maintained and inspected can fail, increasing
the likelihood of a jackknife or rollover incident.
Adverse Weather Conditions
Poor weather that causes icy and wet roads can increase the chances of
Improperly Loaded Vehicles
Unsecured cargo can shift during operation. Sudden braking, for example,
can cause a weight distribution imbalance that leads to jackknife or rollover.
The Compassionate Advocates You Need
At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, you are more than a case number. We
are invested in your well-being because behind every case is a human life.
Our passion is using the law to provide for the needs of the injured,
both financially and emotionally.
Our team of skilled investigators, consultants, and lawyers work together
to ensure that the root cause of your injury is discovered, and those
at fault face justice for their negligence. Catastrophic accidents may
seem like acts of God, but our lawyers are experienced enough to know
that most accidents are preventable.
If you were injured in a truck accident involving these or any kind of
collision, please do not hesitate and
contact our firm for a free consultation—call (615) 933-2893 today.