Jackknife Accidents

Marietta Attorney Helping Truck Crash Victims

Truck accidents can have devastating consequences for anyone on the road. In some cases, the injuries may be long-term or permanent, or even fatal. Compassionate Marietta truck accident lawyer Norman Miller and his team at Miller Legal Services have many years of experience in personal injury law and can put this knowledge to use in your case. We believe in holding negligent truck drivers and their employers accountable for the harm that they cause. You can rest assured that we will work diligently to assert your right to the compensation that you deserve.

Seeking Compensation for a Jackknife Accident

Jackknife accidents take place when the trailer of a truck swings out to one side, resembling a partially opened blade of a jackknife. Jackknifing may happen when the truck suddenly stops, or because of icy or slippery road conditions, driver error, or a number of other reasons. When jackknifing occurs at a high speed, there is an increased likelihood of a rollover accident, which can lead to spilling dangerous cargo and a risk of the truck catching fire.

If a careless truck driver caused the accident in which you were hurt, you may be able to sue the driver for negligence. Negligence occurs when a driver fails to operate a motor vehicle with reasonable care, or act as a reasonable driver would have acted in the same or similar circumstances. In order to prevail on a negligence claim, the plaintiff must demonstrate that he or she was owed a duty of care by the defendant and that the defendant breached the duty of care with some careless action. This breach must have directly led to the jackknife accident, which would not have been likely to have happened otherwise, and the damages that the plaintiff incurred. Each of these elements must be shown by a preponderance of the evidence.

In some cases, the truck driver’s employer may also be liable for the accident under the theory of vicarious liability. This legal concept imposes liability on employers for harm caused by the negligence of their employees while they are on the clock.

Truck crashes can leave their victims with devastating injuries that can be painful and costly to treat. Typically, an injured person will be able to pursue damages for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage, and the costs of future treatment, among other types of damages. After a tragically fatal accident, the family members of the victim may be able to pursue compensation for both the financial and the emotional aspects of their loss.

Consult a Knowledgeable Truck Accident Lawyer in the Marietta Area

At Miller Legal Services, Marietta truck accident attorney Norman Miller has helped many victims recover the compensation that they need to cope with their injuries. Establishing truck driver negligence requires experience, skill, and dedication. Navigating the legal process on your own can be challenging, so it is important to enlist the guidance of a motor vehicle collision attorney who is familiar with all of its nuances. At Miller Legal Services, we proudly represent accident victims in Marietta, Roswell, Smyrna, and the surrounding areas of Georgia. To set up a free consultation, call us at 770-284-3727 or contact us online.