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Jackknife Accidents

Jackknife accidents occur when a truck’s trailer loses traction and begins to slide towards the tractor. The motion mirrors a pocket knife folding in, which is where this dangerous type of accident gets its name. Because of folding motion of this accident, motorists caught in the sliding trailer’s path may strike the truck or be crushed in the arc of the moving trailer, potentially causing devastating damages.

Truck Driver Negligence in Jackknife Accidents

Jackknife accidents are often caused by one of two major safety concerns: driver errors or mechanical failures. In regards to the former, jackknifing is frequently the result of a truck driver’s negligent operation of his or her vehicle. The following acts may induce a truck to jackknife:

  • Braking quickly on slick roads
  • Braking sharply while driving at an excessive speed
  • Failing to slow down when emergency conditions may reasonably prompt a quick stop
  • Utilizing bald or insufficient tires on the trailer

If a truck driver’s negligence leads to a jackknifing accident, that driver may be held responsible for any injuries that occur.

Mechanical Malfunction and Jackknifing

In some instances, a truck driver may not be at fault for a jackknife accident. Mechanical malfunction such uncontrollable acceleration, brake flaws, or tire defects can all contribute to a jackknifing incident. In these situations, the truck driver may not be accountable; instead, the auto parts manufacturer responsible for the defective truck component may be the one to blame.

Steps to Take After an Accident

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may have questions or concerns about your legal options in pursuing fair compensation for your injuries. A legal advisor may be able to help you find the information you’re looking for, allowing you feel more comfortable about your legal decisions. Fill out the contact form at the top of this page today to learn more about what kind of legal action may be available to you after an accident.