Truck jackknife accidents usually involve multiple lanes of traffic and multiple vehicles. Usually the accidents can be traced to negligence on the part of the driver or faulty equipment.
A jackknife accident is one in which the trailer of a tractor-trailer unit swings out beside the tractor so that the unit appears to fold together like a closing jackknife. Vehicles caught in the jackknife action can be crushed, and following vehicles can be caught in a pileup. The injuries are usually devastating.
Examples of truck driver or trucking company negligence that can lead to jackknife accidents include excessive speed during wet or icy conditions, sudden maneuvers such as lane changes, improper braking, trailer brake failure, unbalanced or excessive loads & tire blowouts.
Some jackknife accidents may involve more than one liable party. For example, if you are rear-ended by a vehicle that failed to stop in time to avoid the accident, the driver who hit you from behind may be at fault.
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