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Determining Why a Semi-Truck Jackknifed

Semi-trucks are a type of articulated vehicle, meaning that they have a pivoting joint connecting the cab and the trailer. As such, they are vulnerable to certain types of accidents to which other vehicles are not. For example, semi-trucks have the potential to “jackknife,” meaning that the trailer of the truck can swing forward and come to rest folded next to the cab, much like a folding knife. When jackknife accident occur to negligence of a truck driver or another party, victims may be able to recover by bringing a personal injury claim against the person or party responsible. To determine whether you have a claim after a truck jackknife accident, you should consult with an experienced Newnan truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.

 

When trucks jackknife, if often means that the driver has lost control of the vehicle completely. Because of this fact, jackknifed trucks can cause widespread damage, often a considerable distance from where the truck was when it initially lost control. In order to determine who is legally responsible for the damage caused by a jackknifed truck, it is important to determine what caused the accident. Some of the most common reasons a truck jackknifes include:

  • Debris in the roadway
  • Improper braking
  • Running up on a curb
  • High winds
  • Overloaded cargo
  • Sudden stops
  • Over steering
  • Under steering
  • Speeding
  • Brake failure

 

After a person in involved in a truck jackknife accident, it is important for that individual to seek medical attention as soon as possible. By undergoing a complete medical evaluation, you can be sure that the full extent of your injuries are both properly diagnosed and treated.

Contact a Newnan truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured by a jackknifed truck, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Newnan personal injury lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia