Explaining a Jackknife Trucking Accident
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.
These types of collisions can be caused by a variety of different factors, including:
Sharp road turns and evasive maneuvers
Brake failure or improper braking
Dangerous weather conditions
Loose cargo that was improperly secured
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:
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) 774-6445 to schedule your no-fee consultation.