Explaining a Jackknife Trucking Accident

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2020 | Truck Accidents |


seeing truck crash through windshield while driving

Truck accidents typically cause more severe damages and injuries than normal vehicular accidents. These terrifying collisions can occur due to a variety of reasons and in many different ways, including what is known as a notorious “jackknife accident.”

Explaining a Jackknife Accident

Large trucks, such as tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, or big rigs, typically consist of a cab and a trailer. A jackknife accident occurs when the trailer swings out and forms an acute angle at the cab. At this point, the truck will resemble a partially-folded pocket knife or a sideways “V” shape.

These types of accidents are particularly dangerous for all other parties on the road. When this occurs, the truck driver loses most control of the vehicle and other cars on the road can be swept by the swinging trailer and even wedged underneath it.

Common Causes

These types of collisions can be caused by a variety of different factors, including:

  • Sharp road turns and evasive maneuvers

  • Equipment malfunction

  • Locked wheels

  • Brake failure or improper braking

  • Dangerous weather conditions

  • Loose cargo that was improperly secured

  • Road debris

  • Speeding

  • Distracted driving

Ways to Avoid a Jackknife Accident

Because these accidents can be so severe, drivers should take a few extra precautions to ensure they stay safe when driving next to big trucks:

  • Avoid blind spots

  • Keep extra distance from large trucks

  • Avoid quick maneuvers, such as braking suddenly or quickly switching lanes

  • Give clear signals

Truck accidents can be complex legal issues. Because these accidents can be caused in a variety of ways, many parties could potentially be liable, including:

  • Truck drivers

  • Trucking companies

  • Parts manufacturer

  • Cargo loaders

If you or a loved one is injured in a jackknife or other truck accident, remember that our firm is here to look at the facts of your case, determine liable parties, and fight hard for your financial recovery.

Contact The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery at 210-340-0900 to schedule your no-fee consultation.