Jackknife Accidents

What is a Jackknife Truck Accident?

Trucking Accident Lawyer in Philadelphia, PA

A jackknife truck accident is a type of collision that can involve just a single 18 wheeler or tractor trailer, or can result in a multi-vehicle pile-up. A jackknife accident occurs when a truck's trailer begins traveling at a more rapid pace than the cab, putting extreme force on both the cab and the cables that connect the cab and the trailer. The cab, or the part that the driver is stationed inside, may then swing around and end up facing the opposite direction of the rest of the vehicle. The term jackknife is used to describe the action that the truck undertakes, such as the folding of a pocket knife. These accidents are so dangerous because once the cab has swung around, it will lose all control of the direction in which the truck in traveling. Often, this is enough force to cause a truck rollover or to send the cargo falling off if it has not been properly secured. Any vehicle that is in the path of this truck may be struck immediately or even experience an underride accident.

If you have been involved in an accident of this nature, it is best for you to contact Philadelphia personal injury attorney Thomas J. Murphy, Jr. Our legal team understands that truck accidents can be some of the most destructive types of accidents, and a person involved may suffer serious or fatal injuries. On top of the medical expenses that this accident will force a victim to pay, it will also result in extensive property damage that can range up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Don't hesitate to bring your case to the Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr - personal injury and motor vehicle accident claims have a time limit in which you can file, and trucking employers are only required to keep their records of log books for a limited amount of time. If an employer disposes of the logbook, any evidence of the accident may be gone with it.

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At the Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr., our legal team has many years of experience in handling cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and all other types of motor vehicle accident claims. We know the proper strategies to employ when dealing with stubborn insurance companies and we are not afraid to go head to head with aggressive litigators on your behalf. Our truck accident lawyers know that this monetary compensation will benefit your future and the overall well-being of your health, and we want nothing more. Contact an attorney from our law office today to schedule your meeting and further discuss your jackknife truck accident.

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