Truck Accident Lawyer For Jackknifing Accident
Truck Jackknifing Accidents
All accidents involving a trucking company‘s tractor-trailer have the potential to be very treacherous or even deadly. What happens during a truck jackknifing is, for example, a passenger vehicle and trailer face different directions and the truck is prone to flipping over.
Jackknife accidents can generate multi-vehicle crashes that can devastate the lives of the many people that are involved. If this has happened to you or your family, we are very truly sorry as we understand the terrible suffering you are experiencing that follows a truck accident. We are here to help you get the justice you deserve.
What Causes Jackknifing Accidents?
Jackknife accidents happen as a result of a drastic, and sudden change in speed, such as improper braking or slamming on the brakes that cause traction or trailer swing.
Certain factors raise the risk of jackknife accidents including:
- Slick roads
- Broken tractor brakes/trailer brakes
- Bad weather
Treating the wounds that can follow a jackknife accident is more expensive, than having to replace anti lock brakes or trailer skids, not to mention how painful it is. Medical bills can pile up, and you or your family may even face an uncertain future.
The Best Truck Accident Attorneys
We’ve seen a lot of jackknife accidents and their consequential harm before. We have helped numerous victims of jackknife accidents resulting in our lengthy record of successfully helping people harmed by truck accidents. Contact us today and let us know what we can do to help you achieve the justice that you deserve.
Jackknife Truck Accident
Various types of trucking accidents can occur and cause serious injuries. A common type of trucking accident that stems from troubles with braking is the jackknife accident, which can result in serious injury, severe injuries, and even death in many cases. But what is jackknifing and how can it be prevented through cautionary steps? These are aspects we will look at a bit more closely today.
How Jackknifing Occurs
Jackknifing is a more common accident than you may have thought. These accidents occur when trailers attached to tractor-trucks swing out at a 90-degree angle from a truck, causing chaos on the roads. Usually, the trailer will swing wildly and could hit other vehicles and people along the way, as the driver will lose all control of the vehicle. In other cases, it could lead to immense property damage, as a truck will stop at nothing once this accident starts. If the truck driver was speeding at the point of the accident, there is also a good chance that the truck could roll over onto its side, which spells out bad news for any nearby passenger vehicles, as they could be hit within an instant.
Jackknifing Truck Accident
So how do these accidents really happen? They occur when a truck driver suddenly begins to brake. Large trucks can sometimes take long amounts of time to stop when they are in the midst of driving, which is why many drivers will leave plenty of space. However, because they also have 3 sets of brakes, if one brake stops and another keeps moving, steering the truck becomes much more difficult – even impossible. The truck will even jackknife sometimes when a truck driver does everything possible to drive carefully, such as in emergency situations where a child runs out into the street. Truckers must always drive cautiously and carefully to avoid these commercial truck accidents at all costs.
The braking system of big trucks is not the same as smaller cars and vehicles. A truck has three types of braking options the steering axle brakes, the drive axle brakes, and the trailer axle brakes. If steering axles brakes are applied suddenly, the truck will continue to move straight ahead, irrespective of the angle of the tires, but it becomes difficult to steer the truck. When the drive axle is locked, the front wheels lock, but the rear ones do not, which is why jackknifing occurs.
Avoiding A Jackknifing Truck Collision
Truck drivers learn a lot about these big commercial vehicles while they are training to become drivers. This is why you don’t often see these accidents in person because drivers always learn complex techniques to control their vehicles to the best of their abilities. Here are some ways, however, how jackknifing accidents can be prevented:
- Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles sharing the roadways, especially when there are bad conditions on the roads
- Braking in a straight line before a turn commences and never increasing speed close to a turn
- Spreading out braking as long as possible so that urgent stops are not made
- Releasing the brakes and driving into a skid if the truck starts skidding
Even with precautions taken, these accidents tend to happen on our roads every year. If you have been the victim of a jackknife crash and sustained severe injuries, we want to help. At the Accident Law Group, we have experience handling these serious cases and can help in your time of need. Call us today at 602-262-4254.