There are few experiences as terrifying as losing control of an 80,000-pound
vehicle. Sadly, it’s a common enough occurrence that one out of
every ten traffic fatalities involves a commercial motor vehicle. While
all truck collisions are dangerous, one of the deadliest accident scenarios
is a “jackknife” wreck.
What Is a Jackknife Accident?
A jackknife wreck occurs when a truck skids, causing the attached trailer
to swing to one side like a folding pocketknife. By the time the vehicle
comes to a stop, it’s likely blocking multiple highway lanes. Most
car drivers aren’t prepared for this situation and often crash directly
into the trailer or other nearby vehicles.
The following factors and scenarios can cause a truck to jackknife:
- The trailer axles lock due to improper brake adjustment and negligent vehicle
- The driver is speeding and is forced to quickly slam on the brakes
- The tires lose traction due to poor weather or road conditions
- The trucker attempts an evasive maneuver at a steep angle
- The driver experiences fatigue after trying to meet unreasonable company demands
- The trucker is inexperienced in operating such a large vehicle
A trucker can decrease the risk of experiencing a jackknife crash by: avoiding
swerving and sudden evasive actions; keep a safe distance from other vehicles;
never speeding; braking early and appropriately; and being careful at
risky bends and turns. If an accident is in progress, the trucker can
also try to steer the vehicle into a skid to avoid blocking lanes.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Schedule a Consultation Today.
Experiencing and surviving a jackknife crash can be a devastating and life-altering
event. If you’re struggling under the weight of various injury-related
expenses, contact the Austin truck accident lawyers at The Stewart Law
Firm, PLLC. Our legal team has the experience and resources to effectively
investigate your case and negotiate with trucking companies and their
insurance providers. In fact, our founding attorney, Stephen Stewart,
has a comprehensive understanding of state traffic laws and the regulations
enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
You can rely on our legal team to develop a litigation strategy based on
expert reconstructions, witness testimonies, police reports, medical records,
the truck’s onboard date recorder, and more. With this vital evidence,
we can prove that the negligent parties are responsible for your injuries.
If you want to maximize your claim, turn to The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC today.
Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC
at (512) 271-5112 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.