Jackknife Accidents

Austin Jackknife Truck Accident Lawyer

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When a semi-truck skids resulting in the trailer swinging at a 90-degree angle, the movement is what is known as a "jackknife." When this happens, the vehicle is completely out of control. The end result can be skidding into or across multiple lanes. It goes without saying that any drivers in its path can be significantly injured or even killed.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a jackknife accident, discuss your options with the Austin truck accident attorney at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC. We are available to answer your questions 24/7, and we will review your case free of charge when you schedule an initial consultation. Call us today for the experienced legal guidance you need!

What Causes Jackknife Accidents?

These truck accidents are often caused by truckers who do not pay attention to loading during short trips or in cases when the load is not substantial. According to the NHTSA, "The mean total trailer weight of large trucks that experience a jackknife tends to be less than the mean weight of large combination trucks that do not experience a jackknife."

Jackknife accidents most commonly occur due to the following conditions:

  • Tight-curve speeding
  • Steering onto a soft shoulder
  • Abrupt swerving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Poor tire care
  • Poor brake maintenance
  • Load shifting

These types of accidents often occur when rain or snow cause slickness on the road and the truck cab moves forward and the trailer begins to fishtail. This can be particularly treacherous around curves, entrance ramps, expressways, and can lead to a rollover. Our firm can carefully investigate your accident to determine the cause of the jackknife incident.

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The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge legal fees unless we are successful in obtaining compensation. You can enlist our top-notch legal services without having to worry about your financial future. Our Austin personal injury attorney is here to help in any way possible.


Please contact us to learn more about how we can assist you with your legal needs.