Upon hearing the sound of tires skidding and brakes squealing, you may look in your rearview mirror to find a tractor trailer barreling down the road trying to come to a complete stop. Maybe the truck and trailer jackknife and overturn on the roadway before hitting your vehicle. Unfortunately, sometimes motorists aren’t as lucky.

Every day trucks around this nation are involved in accidents that cause serious injuries and fatalities.  Sometimes, these accidents are caused by a truck jackknifing. When trucks jackknife, the trailer swings out from the truck cab and comes to a rest at a 90 degree angle from the truck. When this occurs, the trailer of the truck can hit other cars in different lanes, as the truck can lose control.  Additionally, the truck sometimes rolls over on one of its sides, which can crush another car and seriously injure innocent motorists in a South Florida truck crash.

Sometimes jackknife accidents may only cause traffic congestion and frustration for drivers commuting to work or home; however, other times a jackknifed truck may cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities to those motorists sharing the road with them.

When Jackknife Accidents Cause Serious Injuries

If you or a loved one was injured or killed by a jackknifed tractor trailer, you may be able to hold the truck driver liable for his actions. For example, if the trucker was speeding, distracted at the wheel or didn’t apply the brakes correctly, he may be responsible for your damages. 

In some cases, a Sarasota jackknife accident may be unavoidable, as a truck driver may have swerved or applied the brakes suddenly to avoid a crash or stalled car in front of him. When this happens, the driver of the other car may be held responsible for your damages.

Contact a Sarasota Truck Crash Lawyer for Help

Because truck accidents in Sarasota County can be complicated, you will need the help of a skilled Sarasota truck crash lawyer. An attorney skilled in these types of cases will be able to help you determine who is responsible for your injuries that resulted from the jackknife accident.

Call an experienced Sarasota truck crash lawyer at Mallard Perez at (888) 409-3805 for a free discussion of your case today.  You can also request a complimentary copy of our book, The Florida Accident Handbook: What You Need to Know After an Auto, Truck or Bicycle Accident.
Damian Mallard, Esq.
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