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Semi-Truck Jackknife Accidents in Florida

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A semi-truck jackknife accident is a horrifying type of crash on Florida state roads and highways that can be devastating to the truck driver as well as the occupants of any vehicle in the path of the out-of-control semi. At Chadwick & Chadwick, we understand the devastating impact of semi-truck jackknife accidents on victims and their families. Our experienced and successful legal team is committed to providing comprehensive guidance and representation to those affected by these severe accidents throughout Florida. If you or a family member has been involved in one of these tragedies, contact our office in Tampa for a free case evaluation and personal support to explore your options and get immediate help.

What Is a Semi-Truck Jackknife Accident?

A semi-truck jackknife accident occurs when the truck’s brakes lock up so that the trailer of a large truck swings out and then back in toward the cab at an acute angle, coming to rest in a shape that resembles a folding pocket knife or jackknife. These accidents are particularly dangerous due to the size and weight of semi-trucks, posing significant risks to other road users, including the risk of an even more devastating rollover accident. Factors contributing to jackknife accidents include improper braking, slippery road conditions, mechanical failures, and driver error.

The Impact of Jackknife Accidents in Florida

Victims of semi-truck jackknife accidents often suffer severe injuries, emotional trauma, and significant financial burdens. Understanding the unique challenges of these accidents is crucial for effective legal representation. Having dealt with severe injuries in complex crashes many times over the years, we recognize the importance of building a strong case that proves the negligent party’s liability for the full range of legal damages incurred.

When pursuing a claim for a semi-truck jackknife accident in Florida, several legal aspects are critical:

  • Negligence: Establishing the truck driver’s or trucking company’s negligence is a key component. This could include reckless driving, distracted driving, speeding, failure to maintain the truck, or violation of federal trucking regulations.

  • Liability: Multiple parties may be liable, including the truck driver, trucking company, maintenance providers, cargo loaders and freight shippers, or manufacturers of faulty truck parts.

  • Florida’s Comparative Negligence Law: Under this doctrine, an accident victim’s compensation can be reduced based on the victim’s percentage of fault in causing the accident. As your attorney, we fight just as hard to prove the other party’s negligence as we do defending you against unfounded attempts to blame you for playing a role in the crash.

  • Statute of Limitations: In Florida, personal injury claims must be filed within four years of the accident date. Delaying legal action can jeopardize your right to compensation. We go to work right away collecting and preserving evidence and ensuring that you receive appropriate medical attention. If the time comes to file a lawsuit, we are ready and prepared to pursue your matter in court.

At Chadwick & Chadwick, our attorneys are well-versed in the complexities of trucking accident claims. We meticulously gather evidence, including driver logs, truck maintenance records, and eyewitness statements to build a strong case. We collaborate as needed with accident reconstruction experts, medical professionals, and financial analysts to quantify damages accurately. Our lawyers are skilled negotiators, striving for fair settlements with insurance companies. If necessary, we are also prepared to represent your interests vigorously in court. Perhaps most importantly, we offer compassionate and personalized legal support throughout the process, keeping you informed, updated and listened to at all times.

Contact Chadwick & Chadwick After a Semi-Truck Jackknife Accident in Florida

If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi-truck jackknife accident in Florida, contact Chadwick & Chadwick for a free consultation. Our team is dedicated to advocating for your rights and securing the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us at our Tampa office by calling 813-264-1500 to learn more about how we can assist you in navigating the aftermath of a semi-truck jackknife accident.

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