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Jackknife Truck Accidents

By Steve Charpentier on November 14, 2013

Jackknife Truck AccidentsWhen auto accidents occur that involve larger vehicles, motorists of commuter vehicles are placed at great risk. The sheer size differential between a commuter vehicle and a commercial vehicle, for instance, is quite pronounced. A great amount of force can be generated in these kinds of accidents, resulting in serious injury and even death. That's why our team of personal injury attorneys take all such matters seriously.

Right now, we'd like to consider one kind of large vehicle accident that has serious consequences: jackknife truck accidents. You may have heard this term before but not understood what it means. This post will provide you with some basic information that will prove helpful.

What is a jackknife truck accident?

A jackknife truck accident refers to a kind of accident that often affects trailers of big rigs. In a jackknife accident, the trailer swerves. Instead of being directly behind the the big rig, the trailer will swing left or right, sometimes becoming perpendicular to the big rig itself. The trailer swoops into adjacent lanes, colliding with anything in its path.

Causes of Jackknife Truck Accidents

The most common cause of jackknife accidents is sudden skidding of a trailer. The following may contribute the a jackknife accident occurring:

  • Bad weather
  • Poor road conditions
  • Improper braking
  • Reckless driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Equipment malfunction/failure

Sometimes a truck driver may deliberately cause a jackknife accident in order to slow down a vehicle. This is often done as a last resort in case of brake malfunction, but this is a rare circumstance given how dangerous such a maneuver can be.

Why Jackknife Truck Accident Are So Serious

Jackknife truck accidents are so serious because they can affect many motorists in the vicinity of the truck or trailer. The trailer may swerve into two or more lanes, meaning that drivers near the trailer and around the trailer will be affected simply due to the size of the trailer. Drivers behind the truck and trailer are also in a dangerous position, forced to brake suddenly and leaving them vulnerable to possible rear-end collisions.

On top of all this, the trailers themselves are very heavy and generate a tremendous amount of force when they strike into an object or are struck by moving vehicles. Many times our truck accident attorneys see very severe injuries and even fatalities in jackknife truck accidents given all of these issues.

Common Injuries Experienced In Jackknife Truck Accidents

Some of the most common injuries seen in jackknife truck accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Neck injuries
  • Back/spine injuries

What our Legal Team Can Do for Clients

The legal system is very complex, and by having skilled litigators on your side, you will be able to concentrate on healing, recovering, and possibly mourning while we handle the legal side of things. We provide peace of mind, which is something that cannot be taken for granted in accidents like these.

Our lawyers will analyze all of the evidence available, from police reports to witness testimony and even advanced computer modeling. We will help you hold the at-fault party responsible for any injuries sustained and losses experienced. By seeking both compensatory and punitive damages, we will make sure that you receive just compensation for your hardships.

Learn More About Auto Accident Cases

If you would like more information about trucking accidents and other kinds of motor vehicle collisions, be sure to contact our Central Florida personal injury lawyers today. Our legal team will fight tenaciously on your behalf to make sure that you receive just compensation for any injuries experienced and losses sustained.

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