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What is a “Jackknife” Truck Accident?

The Dangers of “Jackknifing”

Jackknifing means that a semi truck’s trailer and cab fold into each other after an accident. While there are many causes of a jackknife crash, they can be one of the most dangerous types of accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries. Learn how jackknife accidents happen and who can be held responsible for causing a jackknife crash.

How Do Jackknife Accidents Occur?

Many factors can contribute to a jackknife accident. Some of the most common causes of these types of crashes are:

  • Brake issues - Improper brake maintenance can cause axles to lock and push the trailer into a jackknife.
  • Speeding - When a sudden brake happens at high speeds, and the driver loses control of the truck, it can cause the truck to jackknife.
  • Inclement weather/slippery roads- If a truck loses traction in rain, sleet, or snow, it can be the catalyst for a jackknife crash. Slick and oily roads can have the same effect.
  • Cargo - How cargo is loaded onto a truck can make all the difference in jackknife accidents. Uneven weight distribution in a truck’s trailer can increase the risk of a jackknife crash.

Who Can Be Held Liable in a Jackknife Crash?

In addition to a driver, multiple parties can be held liable for causing a jackknife accident, including the following:

  • The trucking company
  • The owner of the cargo
  • The manufacturer of the truck or truck’s parts
  • Government entities or contractors who are responsible for road maintenance or design.

Each truck accident case is unique, and depending on the specifics, other entities or individuals can be held responsible for a jackknife crash. Read on to learn more about how Tate Law Group, LLC can assist you with a truck accident claim.

Injured in a Truck Crash? Contact Tate Law Group, LLC

An accident with a big rig is one of the most devastating kinds due to its massive size. Not only can a truck accident cause catastrophic injuries, but, sadly, fatalities are not uncommon. When dealing with the aftermath of a severe truck crash, let us be your advocate and protect your right to receive compensation. We are here to support you every step of the way.

To discuss your case with an attorney at Tate Law Group, LLC, call (912) 234-3030 for a free consultation or contact us here.