Wilmington Jackknife Accident Lawyers


Pella Windows Class Action Case

$25.7 Million

We have recovered a $25.7 million settlement on behalf of our client on a Pella windows class action case.

Chinese Drywall Settlement Case

$24 Million

We have recovered $24 million on the largest individual Chinese drywall settlement case.

Marriott Vacation Club Class Action

$13.3 Million

We have recovered a $13.3 million settlement for Deceptive Trade Practices at Marriott Vacation Club.

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  • Marriott Vacation Club Class Action $13.3 MillionWe have recovered a $13.3 million settlement for Deceptive Trade Practices at Marriott Vacation Club.
  • Parasailing Accident $9 MillionWe have recovered a $9 million settlement for a wrongful death judgment in North Carolina State Court.
  • Bus Accident $3.1 MillionWe have recovered a $3.1 million settlement that occurred during a trial in a bus collision case.

Legal Help After a Catastrophic Truck Crash

Jackknifing is a unique danger of tractor-trailers. These accidents occur when a truck comes to a sudden stop, but its trailer swings around, ending up at a 90-degree angle to the cab. When this happens, anything in its path can be crushed.

When truck drivers are reckless, negligent, or careless, they can be held responsible for the damage their trucks cause. If the company pushed the driver to speed, or did not conduct safety checks on the truck or its load, it may also be liable to the victims.

After a truck crash, you can’t afford to wait – call a truck accident lawyer at Rhine Law Firm, P.C. Trucking companies have powerful insurers and multi-million-dollar policies to protect. We prefer to be called within 48 hours of the wreck, so we can dispatch our experts and investigators to the scene and take action to find and preserve evidence.

Common Causes of Jackknife Accidents

While jackknife accidents are almost always caused by a big rig coming to a sudden stop, there are many reasons why that sudden stop was necessary, such as:

  • Distracted driving: Looking up from a smartphone suddenly, etc.
  • Fatigued driving: Falling asleep and jerking awake at the wheel, etc.
  • Driving under the influence: Impaired drivers have slower reaction times and less focus.
  • Reckless driving: Large trucks shouldn’t attempt to make tight maneuvers, merge aggressively, or turn suddenly.
  • Speeding: The higher the speed, the more distance a trucker needs to come to a stop.

In these situations, the truck driver is most often liable for a jackknife. However, there are situations in which someone else can be held responsible for a truck crash. These potentially liable parties include:

  • Owner of the truck
  • Loading company
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Trucking company
  • Inspectors

If a mechanical error caused the truck to jackknife, or the truck was not loaded properly, it’s probably not the truck driver’s fault. Manufacturers, inspectors, and cargo-loading companies are required to ensure the truck is road-safe and will not malfunction or cause an accident.

In addition to being responsible for the negligent acts of their employee drivers, trucking companies also have certain responsibilities imposed by numerous federal and state regulations. As a simple example, the company must hire competent drivers and are responsible for training their truck drivers on numerous issues that are usually at issue in a truck accident case, such as space management, speeding, and much more. Of course, this hiring, training, and compliance costs time and money, and too many companies place a priority on profit rather than safety and forego their duties. Through the court system, we seek redress for these transgressions, and because the trucking companies we sue are consumed with their money, we change their behavior when we force them to pay our clients.

What Compensation Can a Jackknife Victim Receive?

When a tractor-trailer collides with a smaller vehicle, the driver and passengers in that smaller vehicle suffer worse injuries. Accident victims may be left dealing with the consequences of the crash for months, or even years, to come. Catastrophic injuries are expensive to treat, and victims are often out of work for an extended period of time.

If the truck crash was someone else’s fault, filing a personal injury lawsuit is the best way to claim compensation for your injuries. Financial compensation can cover the costs of:

  • Medical treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Loss of consortium
  • Wrongful death damages for survivors
  • Repairs or replacement of a

An experienced jackknife accident lawyer can review your case and advise on the full amount of compensation that may be available.

Our Promise to You

  • National Practice with a Local Presence

  • Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Won

  • Over 30 Years of Experience

  • Experienced, Thorough & Dedicated Attorneys

  • Spanish-Speaking Services Available

  • Evening & Weekend Appointments Available Upon Request

“Joel Rhine and his staff did everything possible to help us in a very dark period of our lives.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a better firm to handle my injury claim. If you do not have confidence with your attorney, you need to contact Rhine Law Firm immediately.”

“Rhine Law Firm went out of their way to make sure that my mother-in-law obtains everything she is entitled to in an injury case.”

“It was a long, arduous process and we cannot thank Joel and the rest of the team at Rhine Law Firm enough.”

“Joel will make sure you are well taken care of. He will fight for you and what you deserve and go to all measures to make sure you get it.”

Contact an Experienced Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been involved in a jackknife accident, call the Rhine Law Firm, P.C., at (910) 772-9960. We will review the facts of your case, conduct an investigation to determine who is liable, and hold them responsible for paying any compensation you deserve. Get the help you need and contact us today.

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