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Jackknife Accidents

A jackknife accident occurs when the trailer of a truck loses its traction and begins to slide towards the tractor. This dangerous accident gets its name because the motion mirrors a pocket knife folding in. This folding motion can cause devastating damages and any vehicles caught in the sliding path may be crushed by the arc of the trailer or struck by the truck. Unfortunately, it is often a truck driver’s negligence that leads to these accidents occurring.

Driver Negligence and How It Contributes to Jackknife Accidents

Though there are several reasons a jackknife accident may occur, such as road defects or truck defects, these types of accidents often occur due to the negligence of the truck driver. The following are some ways in which a driver can cause a jackknife accident to occur:

  • Braking sharply while at high speed
  • Braking quickly on wet roads
  • Failing to slow down when emergency conditions require a quick stop
  • Utilizing worn out or insufficient tires on the trailer

Although all truck accidents can be deadly, jackknife accidents will can be particularly devastating.

Discuss Jackknife Accidents with a Lawyer in Texas

Although not all jackknife accidents are caused by the negligence of the driver, many are. In these situations it may be possible for a victim to file a personal injury claim seeking financial compensation for the undue harm and losses they have sustained as a result of the truck accident. Fill out the contact form at the top of this page to learn more about your legal options today.