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What Causes Semi-Trucks to Jackknife?

Semi-trucks are involved in thousands of accidents each year, some of which can cause serious injuries. Although trucks are safer on average than passenger vehicles, when they are involved in accidents the results can be devastating. In addition, semi-trucks are susceptible to specific types of accidents to which passenger vehicles are not. If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, you should contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping people injured in truck accidents recover the compensation that they deserve.

Semi-trucks are articulated vehicles, meaning that they are comprised of two parts, the cab in the front followed by the trailer being towed. As a result, they can potentially be involved in accidents unique to these types of vehicles, such as jackknife accidents. Jackknife accidents occur when the trailer of a semi-truck swings out and folds up against the cab, resembling the action of a folding pocket knife. Some of the more common causes of jackknife accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Improper braking
  • Overloaded cargo
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Equipment failure or malfunction

There are many other potential causes of jackknife accidents, and it is important for anyone who has been involved in one to have the circumstances of their case reviewed by an experienced trucking accident attorney. In addition, make sure to undergo a complete medical evaluation performed by a professional after an accident to have your injured properly diagnosed and documented.

Contact a Fayette County truck accident attorney for a free consultation                

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Potential damages available in a Georgia personal injury case include compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, or lost wages, among others. An attorney can help you determine whether and against whom you may have a legal claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999. 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia