The Dangers of Truck Jackknifes

Many types of commercial trucks consist of a cab, where the driver sits, and a trailer that is connected by a coupling and can be removed. The coupling is hinged, which allows the cab and trailer to move independently from one another, and in turn helps avoid the trailer from rolling over onto its side. However, this type of coupling also allows for another type of accident to occur, called a jackknife. Jackknife accidents can cause extensive injuries and damage and, if you have been a victim of this type of accident, you should contact an experienced Coweta County truck accident attorney to help you recover.

What is a Jackknife?

A jackknife accident occurs when the trailer of the truck swings all the way to one side, causing the truck to fold at the hinged coupling. The angle of the trailer to the cab resembles a folding knife, hence the name jackknife accident. When the trailer swings wildly into other lanes, it will likely collide with anything in its path. Furthermore, when a trailer jackknifes, the driver usually loses control of the truck and often travels for a significant distance before being able to stop. You can imagine the magnitude of damage a jackknifed truck can cause to all vehicles in its way.

Negligence often causes jackknife accidents, and some common causes include the following:

  • Defective trailer coupling

  • Overcorrecting the steering

  • Unsafe passing or other aggressive driving behaviors

  • Sudden braking

  • Trailers that are overloaded or improperly loaded with cargo

  • Failing to slow down or otherwise adapt to adverse weather conditions

  • Speeding, especially on curves or turns

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

An experienced truck accident attorney can investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine whether negligence was involved. If the truck driver was negligent, attorney Shane Smith knows how to prove this fault in court to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your losses. If you have suffered injury in any type of truck accident, do not hesitate to call Shane Smith Law today at (980) 246-2656 to schedule your free consultation.

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