Jackknife Accidents on the Road
When a truck driver loses control over the trailer and load at the back of their vehicle, the trailer may swing around toward the front. Named after the folding knife, a jackknife accident can cause devastating collisions with vehicles in the vicinity of the out-of-control truck. Those motorists who are driving in or near the rear blind spots of the truck may not have time to react if this occurs, dramatically increasing the risk of significant damage and potentially severe injuries.
If you have been injured or your vehicle has suffered damage in a crash involving a jackknifed semi-truck, we can help you to seek the financial compensation that you may be due. Contact the Waukesha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.
The Causes of Jackknifing
There are several factors that can cause a trailer to shift out of position and dangerously to the side. These accidents occur because the back tires cannot grip the road, causing them to slip. As trailers are controlled and directed by the front of the truck, this can mean that few systems may be in place to avoid a problem once it begins to unfold. The following errors and conditions can contribute to a jackknife accident:
- Driver error, namely in turning and braking
- A malfunction with the truck
- Icy or rain-slicked roads
- Spills or oil leaks
To prevent jackknifing, many truckers use additional safety measures and drive more carefully on slick roads. In particular, a device may be employed to lock in the angle of the trailer once a certain speed is reached. This can keep the tires from drifting to either side, beginning a jackknife motion.
The injuries from an accident involving a truck can prove especially severe. The massive size and weight of these vehicles make them significantly more dangerous than the average passenger car, putting motorists at high risk of potentially life-threatening injuries. If you have been injured in a crash caused by a jackknifing truck, contact the Waukesha truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.