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Recovering after a Truck Jackknife Accident

Large commercial semi-trucks are an inevitable part of the freeway experience, as these trucks are necessary to transport literal tons of consumer goods and materials across the country. Because of their large size and cargo capacity, semi-trucks often weigh up to 30 times more than regular passenger vehicles and, therefore, often cause serious damage and injury in the event of an accident. If an accident occurs because a truck driver acted negligently or did not follow federal or state regulations, that driver and his trucking company should be held liable for all resulting losses. An experience Coweta County truck accident lawyer can assist victims in getting the compensation they deserve.


Jackknife accidents are one of the most devastating types of truck accidents. A jackknife occurs when the trailer swings on its coupling and folds out perpendicular to the cab and to the flow of traffic. This fold resembles the folding of a jackknife. The trailer often collides with any cars in adjacent lanes, and the truck driver may often lose control of the truck in the event of a jackknife. You can only imagine the damage that is caused when a jackknifed truck barrels down the freeway, out of control, and across several lanes of traffic.

Many jackknife accidents occur due to the negligence of the truck driver or company. Some examples of common causes include the following:


  • Speeding
  • Improper braking
  • Aggressive driving
  • Turning too quickly
  • Equipment failure
  • Turning too quickly
  • Unbalanced cargo
  • Coupling failure
  • High winds
  • Poor weather or road conditions

These are only a few of the causes of jackknife accidents that may lead to recovery for the accident victims. Each case should be evaluated on an individual basis to determine who or what was responsible for the accident and whether any form of negligence was involved.

Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

An experienced truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith knows how to handle cases arising out of serious jackknife truck accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident, call us today at (770) 487-8999 for help.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia