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Jackknife Accidents

Posted on October 30, 2017

Like any other vehicle, commercial trucks can be involved in a number of different types of crashes, including rear-end accidents, head-on collisions, rollovers, and sideswipes. However, because they are so much larger than standard sized passenger vehicles, commercial trucks are also prone to a specific kind of crash, known as a jackknife accident, which occur when a truck’s trailer swings to the side of the cab. In an effort to prevent these types of accidents, many trucking companies have installed onboard technology that was specifically designed for that purpose. Unfortunately, jackknife accidents still can and do occur, so if you were injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, it is important to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney in Tulsa who can help you seek compensation to cover your medical bills and property damage.

What are Jackknife Accidents?

Jackknife accidents occur when a truck’s trailer swings to the side, so that it is at a 90 degree angle from the cab. Although all commercial trucks are at risk of jackknifing, those with heavy cargoes are most likely to be involved in this type of accident, especially if the driver drastically reduces his or her speed. Hitting the brakes in this manner stops the cab of the truck, but doesn’t prevent the trailer from continuing forward and pivoting where it connects. This is extremely dangerous for other drivers who may be struck by the trailer as it swings out. Jackknifing trucks are also at risk of overturning, which can result in multi-vehicle collisions and cargo spills, both of which can have deadly consequences.

Most jackknifing accidents are caused by driver error. However, the following types of factors also play a role in contributing to or causing jackknife accidents:

  • Winding roads;
  • Poor lighting;
  • Speeding;
  • Equipment defects; and
  • Poor weather conditions.

Drivers of standard sized passenger vehicles can also take steps to help prevent jackknife accidents, primarily by ensuring that there is plenty of room between their own cars and large trucks.

Recovering Damages

Because commercial trucks are so large, colliding with a jackknifing vehicle can result in catastrophic injuries, many of which can leave injured parties permanently disabled. Burns, caused by exploding gas tanks or contact with hazardous chemicals, for instance, usually require multiple surgeries, expensive medications, and physical therapy. Collecting compensation from negligent or reckless parties can go a long way towards covering these costs and helping victims move on with their lives.

Schedule a Meeting with an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer

Please call Charles Bryan Alred, PC at 918-745-9960 to speak with a dedicated and compassionate truck accident attorney who can help defend your interests. We can help you throughout each step of your case.