Experienced Missouri Lawyer Handling Jackknife Accidents and Rollover Accidents
There are many factors involved in a semi-trailer accident. Some of these are factual and some of these are legal. At the Carter Law Offices, in Kansas City, Missouri, we conduct a complete investigation of every factor. Our goal is to prepare your case thoroughly for trial and to achieve the best possible results for you.
Jackknife accidents happen when a semi-truck skids, causing the trailer to swing out at a 90 degree angle to the cab or the truck. When it is jack-knifing, the truck is completely out of control. It may skid across several lanes of traffic and cause accidents involving multiple cars and multiple fatalities.
There are many causes of jack-knife accidents. They often happen during rainy or snowy weather, when the truck's wheels hit a slick spot on the road. While the cab of the truck continues forward, the trailer slides back and forth uncontrollably, leading to a jackknifed truck.
When trucks move too fast around tight curves, they are likely to rollover. This often happens at exit or entrance ramps of expressways, where the road makes a tight curve.
Truck drivers involved in rollover accidents often remember that the load shifted when the trailer tilted. In a rollover accident, this load shifting is usually the result of the semi-truck accident — not the cause. The cause of the accident is often related to several factors:
- Speeding around a tight curve
- Steering truck onto soft shoulder
- Swerving abruptly
- Impaired by alcohol or other drugs
- Driving aggressively
- Under-inflated tires
- Poor brake performance
- Load shifting
Contact the Carter Law Offices
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a jackknife or a rollover accident, we urge you to contact us. Give us a call at 816-283-3500 or toll free at 877-276-3500 to schedule a free initial consultation about your 18-wheeler accident with a rollover accident attorney.