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What You Should Know About Jackknifing Trucks

Jackknifing Trucks

You may have seen or heard stories on the local news about a jackknifed tractor-trailer or big rig causing a major delay in traffic, or even causing serious injuries to other drivers who had the misfortune of being nearby when the semi jackknifed. You may have found yourself wondering why these trucks suddenly lose control and become objects of destruction on the road. Below, find an explanation of the confluence of factors that result in a large truck jackknifing, and whether or not such accidents can be prevented.

Jackknifing defined

Jackknifing occurs when the cab of a large truck or semi comes to an abrupt stop before the trailer can be stopped, resulting in the trailer swinging upward toward the cab. If the truck is moving at sufficient speed when the accident occurs, then it can also roll over after jackknifing, causing even more damage to nearby cars. Jackknifing often stems from a separate impact, slippery patch of road, or obstruction appearing suddenly in the roadway, which the truck driver must brake to avoid hitting.

Are there ways these accidents can be prevented?

Often, jackknifing results from a driver failing to use proper braking or steering techniques when encountering a hazard or obstacle in the road, or from a truck that malfunctions due to poor maintenance or outdated equipment. Additional factors such as improperly loaded cargo in the truck’s trailer or excessive speed can also contribute to jackknife accidents.

Showing that either the truck driver or the transportation company was negligent in properly operating or maintaining a truck that jackknifed and caused you injury can require a complex technical investigation by an attorney experienced in proving such claims. It is important to find a lawyer who understands the role that truckers and carrier companies play in causing jackknife accidents to handle your legal claim for damages from a big rig accident.

If you or your loved one has been hurt in a truck or big rig accident and needs knowledgeable, seasoned legal help to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries, contact Georgetown truck accident attorney Jeremy Mattox for a free consultation on your possible lawsuit at 502-867-6766.

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