Any crash involving an 18-wheeler, big-rig, semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or other large truck has the potential to cause serious injuries or deaths, but few are as devastating as “jackknife” accidents, in which a truck's cab and its trailer skid into a 90-degree angle and may even overturn. Jackknife crashes often result in catastrophic injuries, extensive property damages, and tragic fatalities.
These accidents occur when a truck's drive wheels lock, but it's front wheels and trailer continue to move. This can be caused by a number of factors, including speeding, swerving, taking a curve too fast, and poor handling on slick, icy roads.
If you were injured—or lost a loved one—in a horrific Delaware jackknife truck crash caused by a commercial driver or trucking company's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Personal injury claimants can seek a wide range of economic and non-economic damages for accident-related injuries and losses, including:
- Medical expenses
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Eligible family members who file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one killed in a jackknife crash can pursue compensation for damages such as:
- Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of the decedent's wages and benefits
- Loss of child support, spousal support, or other financial contributions
- Loss of household, marital, or parental services
- Mental anguish
Jackknife truck accident victims who file personal injury or wrongful death litigation often find themselves facing a trucking company's corporate defense team. Working with an experienced Wilmington, DE truck crash attorney can help victims level the playing field and increase their chances of achieving a successful resolution to their case.
Consult a Knowledgeable Delaware Truck Accident Attorney
Do you have questions about a Delaware personal injury or wrongful death case? The skilled attorneys with the Morris James Personal Injury Group can help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact us today to request a free initial consultation.