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Miami Truck Accidents: Jackknifing and Rollovers

Tractor trailers serve a vital function in our society by transporting essential goods throughout the United States.  Every time a truck driver gets behind the wheel, however, there is the risk of a serious accident.  Due to the sheer number of trucks on the road, tractor trailer truck accidents are bound to occur.  These accidents are often quite serious given the massive size of tractor trailers.  Truck accidents will fall into two categories: collision accidents or non-collision accidents.  The two major types of non-collision accidents are discussed below:

Jackknifing Accidents

There are generally three brakes in a tractor trailer: the drive axle brake, the steering brake, and the trailer axle brakes.  If the steering axle brake locks up, a truck driver will not be able to steer and the truck will move straight regardless of the angle of the wheel.  If the truck’s axle brake’s lock up, the truck will jackknife.  When the trailer axle brake locks up, the trailer will swing and decrease the stability of the truck. 

To an observer, jackknifing looks like the trailer swinging out to the side and the truck often swerving.  When a truck jackknifes, other drivers will need to swerve to attempt to get out of the way, but often cannot move in time.  When a jackknifing truck slams into a car, the results can be catastrophic.  If you have been injured in a jackknife accident, contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Rollover Accidents

Larger trucks like tractor trailers are prone to rollover.  These massive vehicles are quite tall, and when hit from the side or after running off the road, they can be forced to their side.  Rollover accidents can occur due to a variety of behaviors, including brake failure, loss of control, side collisions, speeding, drinking and driving, driver fatigue, and much more.  A rollover accident will send the truck spiraling to the ground and innocent drivers may be unable to get out of the way in time.  Serious accidents can result from any rollover crash and it is most often the drivers and passengers of the motor vehicles involved in the crash that will suffer the severest form of injuries and vehicular damage.

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable

Jackknife and rollover accidents are rarely the result of a pure accident.  Oftentimes, some form of negligent behavior on the behalf of the truck driver, trucking company, or part manufacturer contributed to the traumatic injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.  If you have been injured in a truck accident, consult with a truck accident attorney in your area as soon as possible.  Your truck accident attorney will investigate the collision to uncover your best avenue for recovery.

Greenberg Stone and Urbano:  Put Our Over 130 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

Whether a jackknife or rollover accident caused your injuries, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano. are here to help.  We have over 130 collective years of experience representing truck accident victims across South Florida.  We seek to obtain the best outcome possible for each of our injured clients, which will often include recovering for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our firm has received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald recognized us as a top firm in South Florida.   Allow our exceptional attorneys to provide you with superior legal services in the South Florida area.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.


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