Jackknife Truck Accidents: 6 Facts You Should Know (Pt. 1)
August 20, 2014
Jackknife truck accidents occur when the trailers of trucks swing out from behind of the front cab and essentially start to close in on the cab in the same manner as a jackknife would close. When these types of truck accidents take place:
- The damage can be as devastating to a truck driver as it is for others on the roadway – particularly if these others are pedestrians, motorcycle riders or others who lack much protection.
- Injured people may have a right to compensation for their injuries, property damage and other losses.
In this three-part blog, we will point out and discuss some important facts that motorists should know when it comes to jackknife truck accidents. If you or a loved one is injured in a jackknife accident or in any type of motor vehicle accident, be sure to contact Beaverton Truck Accident Attorney Linda Weimar for more info about your rights and for superior representation with your case.
Here’s What You Should Know about Jackknife Truck Accidents…
Fact 1 – Jackknife truck accidents are among the deadliest types of truck accident that can occur.
This is because, when jackknife truck accidents take place:
- Multiple vehicles are often involved (especially if or when these collisions take place on freeways or during high-traffic periods).
- They can easily lead to rollover accidents and underride accidents (i.e., truck accidents in which passenger vehicles get trapped beneath the trailers of trucks).
- The points of impact between trucks and passenger vehicles involved in jackknife accidents is often at the head and chest level of the people in passenger vehicles.
Fact 2 – Jackknife truck accidents are more likely to occur on curved roadways.
While any number of different factors can contribute to jackknife truck accidents, anything that destabilizes the balance of weight in trucks – like a curved road – can significantly increase the risk that these serious and often deadly accidents will take place.
What may further increase the risk of jackknife truck accidents on curved roads may include (but is not necessarily limited to):
- Truckers suddenly slamming on the brakes (because, for instance, they were not paying attention to the driving conditions or another motorist’s reckless driving behaviors has required immediate braking)
- Improperly connected trailers
- Poorly balanced weight of cargo in a trailer
- Defective trucking equipment.
Don’t miss the additional installments of this blog for our continued discussion of some more important info regarding jackknife truck accidents.
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