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Injured in a Crash With a Jackknifed Semi-Truck?

Take immediate action with Kent truck accident lawyer Zach Herschensohn

If you were injured in a collision with a jackknifed tractor-trailer, Kent truck accident attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you get maximum compensation so that you don’t have to bear the cost of a crash caused by someone else. The Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has secured millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and has experience winning tough cases involving jackknife truck accidents. Learn what a dedicated and compassionate Kent truck accident lawyer can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Watching the massive trailer of an 18-wheeler swing wildly out of control is a frightening experience – especially if you’re sharing the road with the tractor-trailer when it happens. Jackknife accidents can cause devastation and destruction along with severe injury and death. If you’ve been injured in a jackknife crash with a commercial vehicle, knowing your legal rights and what steps to take after the dust settles can be confusing.

Let an experienced Kent truck accident lawyer help you. Attorney Zach Herschensohn knows how to handle complicated cases involving jackknife truck crashes and will fight to get you the compensation you need and deserve. He’s a skilled negotiator and accomplished trial attorney who won’t back down, whether it’s at the negotiating table or in the courtroom in front of a judge and jury.

How does an 18-wheeler jackknife?

A jackknife accident happens when a truck driver loses control and the cab of an 18-wheeler and its trailer fold back into each other to form an “L” or “V” shape that resembles a pocketknife. Common causes of jackknife truck accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Stopping too quickly and having the brakes lock up
  • Oversteering
  • Slick road conditions
  • Going through a curve too quickly
  • Improper cargo load
  • Trucker fatigue
  • Truck driver negligence
  • Mechanical failure
  • Defective truck parts

Jackknife accidents are often traced back to the irresponsible actions of multiple parties, including the trucker, trucking company, shipping company, broker, truck manufacturer, or a driver in another passenger vehicle. No matter who caused your crash, Kent truck accident attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you hold them accountable.

Why are jackknife accidents so dangerous?

Any time an 80,000-pound, 70-foot tractor-trailer starts to skid out of control, it poses a danger to anyone and anything in its path. Getting hit by the semi’s trailer as it swings out to the side can completely demolish your vehicle and cause your car to be crushed underneath the trailer in a deadly underride crash. As you and other drivers try to avoid an accident with the jackknifed 18-wheeler, you may get into an accident with another vehicle or veer off the road and get injured in a collision. Sometimes jackknifed tractor-trailers can spill fuel, cargo, and other debris into the road, which poses another hazard.

Give your case the attention it deserves. Get Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC today.

After you’ve been injured in a crash with a jackknifed semi-truck, it’s critical to act fast and get help from an experienced lawyer. Jackknife accidents often involve multiple vehicles, which can turn the claims process into a nightmare. That, coupled with the fact that trucking companies frequently have teams of attorneys waiting to challenge your case, means you’re behind the eight ball when it comes to getting the compensation you’re entitled to. Waiting to explore your legal options will only make things harder on yourself, as evidence can disappear, and memories can fade.

Let our law firm even the odds. Kent truck accident lawyer Zach Herschensohn has the knowledge and experience to handle every aspect of your claim – from investigating your crash to building a strong case on your behalf that won’t be ignored. Don’t forget, we work for clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing unless we win. It’s that simple. See how Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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