A jackknife collision occurs when a truck with a cab that is separate from the trailer folds in on itself, at the point where the cab and trailer separate.
Causes of Jackknife Accidents
Jackknife accidents typically occur when a large truck and trailer go into a skid. If the driver fails to correct the skid quickly, the trailer will swing out to one side, causing the entire truck to fold into a right angle. This vehicle skidding is frequently caused by:
- Sharp curves. Curves with steep angles can be a challenge for commercial trucks. If the driver isn’t careful the trailer end can swing around, causing him to lose control.
- Speeding. When a truck is traveling at high speed, it takes a long time to stop. If the driver slams on his brakes, the trailer will likely swing out of control, possibly causing the truck to roll over.
- Slick roads. Loss of traction can cause the cab and trailer to slide, potentially jackknifing.
- Improper cargo loading. Trailers with unbalanced, unsecured, and extremely light loads are more prone to jackknifing, due to instability.
Jackknife Accident Injuries
Jackknife accidents frequently cause damage to multiple vehicles, causing them to run off the road or roll over. Some of the most common types of injuries resulting from these accidents include:
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal fractures
- Brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Internal organ damage
Victims of jackknife collisions should secure legal counsel quickly. Investigating the accident scene can be a challenge, and the sooner an attorney visits the scene, the more likely he is to obtain and preserve crucial evidence. If you’ve been injured in a jackknife accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- The cost of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve been injured due to a truck accident, you need professional representation by an experienced attorney. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.