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Jackknife Accident Lawyers St. Louis, Missouri, and Illinois

Jackknife Truck Accident Lawyers St. Louis, MO. Jackknifing happens when a tractor-trailer, 18 wheeler, big rig, or any other large commercial trucking vehicle veers causing the trailer to come to one side of the truck, resembling the acute angle of a folding pocket knife. Regardless of how fast the truck may be going during a jackknife accident, it will most likely result in a rollover. If this happens, and you are involved in an accident due to a jackknifed truck, call Burger Law immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

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Jackknifing can occur when the wheels of a truck lock up during wet or icy weather conditions, high speeds, equipment malfunction, or steep curves. A jackknife accident can cause serious injuries including catastrophic injuries leading to fatalities. If you or a loved one has been involved in a jackknife accident in St. Louis, or elsewhere throughout Missouri or Illinois, we encourage you to reach out to us for a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation.

Burger Law is honored to represent individuals who sustained jackknife injuries and their families in St. Louis and the surrounding areas with unmatched guidance throughout the entirety of their cases. Our experienced jackknife truck accident lawyers are driven to help people recover well from devastating accidents, and you can be certain we have the resources to recover maximum compensation for your damages. Burger Law has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for jackknife truck accidents in St Louis. When you allow us to represent your case, we can save you from dealing with insurance companies who will try and get you to settle for a fraction of the cost of your damages. Burger Law works on a contingency-fee basis, so you do not pay anything until we win your jackknife truck accident case.

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What Can Cause a Truck to Jackknife in St. Louis?

What Can Cause a Truck to Jackknife in St. Louis?

As with most accidents, the common causes of jackknife truck accidents are almost always avoidable. Whether it's driver fatigue, texting and driving, the truck is in poor condition, speeding or another reason, these causes are avoidable. Listed below are some of the most common causes of jackknife truck accidents:

  • Truck Driver Fatigue - Drivers, by law, are only supposed to operate a set number of hours per day. This law was created to keep tired drivers from getting behind the wheel of their truck and causing accidents. When a truck driver operates their truck while tired, they are maneuvering an 80,000lb vehicle, not a small passenger car that maybe weighs 3,000lb. There is a massive difference between the two, and if a jackknife truck causes an accident, the injuries are more likely to be horrific, and possibly fatal.
  • Alcohol or Drug Impairment - It is federal law that no one can operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher. Because large trucks pose a much higher risk to those on the St. Louis and Missouri roads, the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and its Code of Federal Regulations §392.82 places even higher restrictions on truck drivers:
    • No truck driver may drive with a blood alcohol content of .04 percent or higher
    • Having a blood alcohol content over .02 may make a truck driver subject to disciplinary action, and they will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours
  • Overloaded Truck - This is yet another law that is designed to make trucking safer in the U.S., and yet not all truckers follow the law. When a truck is overweight, it can fishtail and jackknife easily, or the driver can lose control of the truck when driving through tight corners. Overweight trucks are also more prone to flipping and other accidents that arise from overweight trucks. To prevent this, weigh stations are implemented on interstates to make sure truck drivers are following the law.
  • Texting and Driving - Texting and driving is dangerous regardless of the circumstances. Whether you are behind the wheel of a truck or car doesn't matter, it's dangerous and is just as deadly if not more so than drinking and driving or smoking and driving.
  • Truck Equipment Failure - Tractor trailers are massive vehicles with large parts that need to be inspected routinely. They carry thousands of pounds of cargo, and when one of their parts fails it can lead to the failure of the vehicle and even a jackknife situation. Brake and tire failure in trucks is especially common. Truck drivers must routinely inspect their vehicles to make sure all of their parts are in a safe working order, and ensure that any parts that are not up to code are replaced or repaired.
  • Speeding - By law, truck drivers are required to go no faster than certain speeds while operating their vehicles. This seems simple enough, as you have to abide by traffic laws when you drive your car, however, your vehicle does not weigh 10,000lbs + and is not carrying extremely heavy cargo that can make it even more dangerous to operate. Truck drivers absolutely have to follow speed laws because when they don't they can lose control of their vehicles and cause catastrophic damage to others as a result.
What Do I Do After a St. Louis Jackknife Truck Accident?

What Do I Do After a St. Louis Jackknife Truck Accident?

Our St. Louis-based trucking accidents attorney team recommends taking several steps immediately after being injured in a crash to ensure your safety and the best possible outcome in your case:

  • Get to safety

    Stay at the scene of the accident so it can be properly documented, but do what you can to keep yourself, your passengers, and other roadway users safe.

  • Call 911

    Get first responders to the scene of the accident as quickly as possible. Stay in a safe spot and wait for medical responders to examine you. Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, make sure to get emergency medical attention because you could be in shock or have injuries that are not readily visible, like whiplash or a concussion.

    You also want to give an accident report by speaking to the police right away.

  • Collect evidence

    If you require serious medical attention right away, disregard these next steps. Allow the ambulance to take you to the hospital to receive the necessary medical care. But if you are physically able to, take pictures of the road and traffic conditions, the damage to your vehicle, and your injuries. This evidence could be vital in your jackknife truck accident claim.

  • Exchange information

    Get information from the driver of the truck as well as any available witnesses. Do not rely on the police to collect witness accounts and contact information for every witness. When you speak to the truck driver, be polite but be careful what you say. Get their:

    • Name, address, phone number and email address
    • Driver's license number
    • Insurance card information
    • Name and contact information for the trucking company and truck driver's employer
    • License plate number of the truck and any other identifying information
  • Contact a jackknife truck accident lawyer

    As soon as possible after the accident and once you have left the scene and returned to safety, you need to contact a qualified jackknife truck accident lawyer. With a free initial consultation, a lawyer like Gary Burger of Burger Law can get a sense of your situation to determine whether you have a truck accident case and whether you need a lawyer. In most cases, because of how destructive large trucks are and the parties involved in commercial vehicles, you will need legal representation to successfully settle your case. Once you have hired a lawyer, they will advise you on additional steps to take during your case and will help take care of the intricacies of filing a truck accident case for you.

  • Receive medical treatment

    Once you have hired a lawyer and filed your accident claim, follow your lawyer's advice. One important thing to do is to continue to get medical treatment for your injuries. The medical files and documentation will help you prove your case. Plus, you want to get the prompt medical treatment that will help you make as full a recovery as possible.

To guarantee that insurance companies and large St. Louis or Missouri corporations treat you fairly, and to secure a full financial recovery for your case, call a jackknife truck accident attorney at Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

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How Can a St. Louis Jackknife Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me?

How Can a St. Louis Jackknife Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me?

Trucking companies and their insurers will try to get away with only paying out a small amount to individuals who have sustained injuries from jackknife truck accidents, often leaving them with serious injuries and not enough compensation to cover their medical and financial damages. The jackknife truck accident attorneys at Burger Law will take the required steps to protect you from insurance companies who will attempt to take advantage of your situation.

As your jackknife truck accident lawyers in St. Louis, Burger Law will:

  • Investigate your jackknife truck accident, including identifying all witnesses, security footage or other information to identify the at-fault driver
  • Ensure you get the full medical treatment you need to recover
  • Pursue every legal avenue to get you the financial recovery you deserve
  • Always make sure you know what is going on with your case
  • Handle all documentation, negotiation and litigation
  • Offer sound legal counsel based on experience and expertise, while always allowing you to make your own decisions for you and your St. Louis family
  • Fight back against the trucker driver’s or trucking company’s insurance company when they refuse to be fair
  • Stand by your side when it seems everyone else is against you
  • Take your case to trial if we cannot secure a fair settlement offer in negotiations
  • Do whatever it takes to get you full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses and the pain and suffering you have incurred because of your injuries
How Much Compensation Could I Receive From a Jackknife Truck Accident in St. Louis?

How Much Compensation Could I Receive From a Jackknife Truck Accident in St. Louis?

The amount of compensation you could receive from a jackknife truck accident depends on the specific circumstances surrounding your crash. The St. Louis Burger Law jackknife truck accident lawyers can help you recover the following in Missouri or Illinois:

  • Medical expenses – You could be reimbursed for the cost of your past and current medical expenses such as the ambulance ride, emergency room visit, hospital bills, doctors’ bills, and medications.
  • Future medical expenses – If your accident has left you suffering from injuries that require long-term care or therapy, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your recovery treatment. That could include physical therapy, rehabilitation therapy, and even assistive devices, for example, like a wheelchair.
  • Loss of income – For many people involved in serious accidents, they need to take time away from work to recover. You need to be reimbursed for those lost wages.
  • Loss of future earning capacity – If you have suffered injuries from the accident that make it impossible to continue working to your full capacity, you may also be entitled to compensation for a loss of future income.
  • Pain and suffering – An experienced attorney can also help you recover compensation for the physical pain and emotional hardships your injuries have caused for you.
  • Mental anguish – Mental and emotional trauma experienced from the crash, such as anxiety, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and distress.
  • Physical impairment or disfigurement – Permanent scarring, disfigurement, or loss of use of a body part.
  • Loss of consortium – Intangible injuries suffered by the victim’s spouse from being deprived of comfort, affection, companionship, assistance, society or sexual relations.
  • Wrongful Death – If, unfortunately, a family member is killed in a jackknife truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for their final expenses, medical costs, and loss of your support. It is heartbreaking to lose a loved one, and we cannot make that pain go away, but we can help make sure that you are left with some financial stability.

Our jackknife truck accident lawyers are not intimidated by the trucking companies' large insurance corporations. We fight until the insurance company in your claim agrees to pay you in full for the losses you have sustained. We will not stop until you win a great settlement.

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The St. Louis jackknife truck accident lawyers at Burger Law are dedicated to providing you and your family with expert legal advice and a determination that does not bend or break. We offer legal services throughout Missouri and Illinois.

To discuss the specifics of your jackknife truck accident, call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.