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Jackknife Accidents on the Highway

One of the most dangerous occurrences on the highway arises when a semi-truck’s rear tires lose their grip on the road. A failure in the traction of the trailer is likely to cause a truck driver to lose control of his or her vehicle, leading the truck to “jackknife”. Named after a type of folding knife, these accidents bring the trailer of a truck swinging towards the tractor and may strike anything caught in between in addition to dragging the truck out of its intended path.

If you have been hurt in an incident involving a jackknifed tractor-trailer you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for medical bills and other damages. Contact the Racine truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options with a skilled and experienced lawyer.

Conditions and Causes of Jackknifing

When a trailer begins to swing out from behind the tractor it is most typically because of a loss of traction in the rear tires. As these tires fail to grip the road, they may drift to one side or the other, eventually becoming caught in a motion that cannot easily be stopped once it has begun. The following can notably increase the risk of jackknife accidents and truck drivers should adjust their actions accordingly:

  • Icy roads
  • Slick roads from rain or oil spills
  • A malfunction with the brakes or tires
  • Attempting an exceedingly sharp turn

Truck drivers may employ a number of prevention methods to limit the likelihood of these dangerous wrecks. Perhaps the most common solution to this problem is to install anti-lock brakes in the trailer, giving the driver better control in tight situations. Additionally, some devices are installed that prevent jackknifing by locking in the angle of the trailer at a particular speed.

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Jackknifing accidents can quickly turn into multi-vehicle pile ups that end with many persons seriously injured. If a negligent truck driver has caused you to be injured, a civil lawsuit may be in order. Contact the Racine truck accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.

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