Jackknife & Rollover Truck Accident Attorney in Nashville
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 case to 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 to 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 rate for these collisions is also very high, at 50% for almost all truck types.
Top Causes of Jackknife & Rollover Accidents
Among all the causes of jackknife accidents, four stand out as the most common.
- Equipment Failure: 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.
- Brake Failure: 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 a jackknife.
- 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.
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