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Charleston Jackknife Accidents

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With a legal cargo limit of 80,000 pounds, jackknife incidents are the most destructive kind of trucking accidents. When an 18-wheeler brakes too quickly, forcing the trailer to rapidly rotate toward one side of the cab in a violent motion, it is considered a jackknife accident.

Based on the statistics taken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), well over 140,000 drivers are injured in large truck-related accidents every year in the United States. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Charleston due to the negligence of others, you may be eligible for compensation. With 70 years of combined legal experience successfully representing clients in West Virginia, Berthold Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to fighting for the justice you deserve for such a devastating accident.

Common Causes of Jackknife Accidents

Every 16 minutes, a person suffers a serious injury or loses their life due to a large truck accident. Those who have suffered from these kinds of accidents not only sustain significant injuries which may result in expensive medical treatment, but also may be left with property damage and emotional distress. You should not have to pay for the reckless actions of another on the road.

Jackknife accidents may be caused by the following:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Overloading cargo
  • Poor driving conditions (snow and ice)
  • Aggressive and reckless driving
  • Impaired vision
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Maintenance negligence

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a jackknifing accident, it’s important to align yourself with an attorney who is knowledgeable regarding the West Virginia laws relating to this type of commercial truck accident. Determining the responsible party, whether it’s the driver or the trucking company, is done by utilizing thorough investigation techniques and further examination of the evidence collected. Do not wait to take action. Set up an appointment with us so that we can strive to obtain the compensation necessary to put this accident behind you.

Call our Charleston injury firm today at (304) 605-2040 and get started!

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