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Understanding jackknife and rollover crashes
It is important to understand the difference between these two types of truck accidents, how they are caused, and what threats they pose to other vehicles on the road, as well as the passengers inside them.
If you are injured in an accident where a semi truck was involved, it's essential that you seek representation from a Walnut Creek attorney as soon as possible to determine your options for the future, and to begin the process of pursuing the money you deserve.
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There are many laws and ordinances regarding traffic safety and vehicle operation on the road. When these laws are not followed, the results can often be catastrophic and even deadly for individuals involved in these types of truck accidents.
Holding semi truck drivers responsible for jackknife or rollover truck accidents can often be a challenge. That's because many truck drivers insist they did nothing wrong. And even if they do admit wrongdoing, many trucking companies and insurance providers refuse to cooperate. That's why you need our experienced legal team on your side, fighting for your rights.
At Clancy & Diaz, LLP, we have been serving truck accident victims in Walnut Creek, Antioch and surrounding areas for years. When you choose to work with us, you can be sure we will stand by you and advocate on your behalf from start to finish on your case. It's important that you are able to obtain compensation for the financial hardships that you are suffering from due to this injury. Otherwise, you could end up having to pay for someone else's mistakes.
We offer a free case evaluation so that you may obtain some legal advice and information regarding your case without any financial obligation. Contact a Walnut Creek trucking accident lawyer from our legal team to discuss your situation and learn how we can help you.
A jackknife accident occurs when a truck driver puts on the brakes but the trailer does not stop. The tires break loose and the trailer starts sliding forward around one side of the cab as the cab itself continues to slow. The trailer continues to slide around until it is facing the opposite direction as the cab, pinning it in an unmovable position in the shape of a jackknife folding onto itself.
Jackknife truck accidents are extremely dangerous as a fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh tens of thousands of pounds. Any vehicle in the path of the sliding trailer could be crushed, and passengers inside could suffer severe injuries or fatalities. That's why it's critical that injury victims receive immediate medical attention, then contact our law firm for assistance with every aspect of their crash.
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A rollover accident begins much like a jackknife accident where the driver puts on his brakes and the trailer begins to slide. When the trailer comes to a right angle to the cab, the tires catch and the trailer is tipped over.
Due to the momentum of the vehicle, the trailer begins to roll, and pulls the cab along with it. This can cause serious damage to any vehicles in the path of the rolling truck as these trucks are often much longer than most vehicles on the road.
Injuries are also common since rollover truck accidents often involve tractor-trailers traveling at high speeds on highways and other major roads. Weather conditions are also sometimes a factor, resulting in the truck and other vehicles not being able to slow down at all before crashing into each other.
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