One of the most common types of truck accidents involves a vehicle that “jackknifes.” Jackknifing is the term used to describe when the trailer of a large semi-truck or big rig pushes the front towing vehicle to one side or all the way around so that it faces backward, creating a shape that resembles a pocketknife, or jackknife. Semi-trucks are extremely large vehicles and when the towing vehicle or trailer of a truck is out of control, it puts many other people on the road at risk. Jackknifing trucks lead to countless accidents, injuries, and deaths each year in the United States.
If you were injured in a serious truck accident or your loved one died as a result of an accident with a jackknifing truck, The Anastopoulo Law Firm can help. Our attorneys in South Carolina have decades of experience and know how to help you fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed.
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Why Do Trucks Jackknife?
In most cases, trucks jackknife when the front vehicle skids but the trailer attached to the vehicle does not stop or slow down. This, in turn, causes the trailer to push the front vehicle, including the cab where the driver resides, to one side. In some cases, the momentum and heavy weight of the trailer cause it to swing from side to side. This is known as a “trailer slew” or “trailer swing” and can be just as dangerous as a jackknifing truck.
Often, trucks jackknife as a result of:
- Improper braking
- Equipment failure
- Poor conditions, such as ice or rain
- Unsafe speeds
- Taking a turn too quickly
- Inadequate truck maintenance
- Inexperienced truck drivers
- Fatigued driving
- Intentional actions taken by the driver
Unfortunately, jackknifing trucks can and often do result in serious accidents that involve not only the truck driver but other motorists on the road as well. When trucks jackknife, they can spin horizontally, blocking all lanes of traffic. Passenger cars and other vehicles traveling behind the truck may not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting the truck as it takes up the entire highway or road.
What to Do If You Were Injured in a Jackknifing Truck Accident
Unfortunately, negligence often plays a significant role in truck accidents, including ones in which the vehicle jackknifes. If you or your loved one was involved in a jackknifing truck accident, the first and most crucial thing you should do is make sure that anyone who has sustained injuries—including yourself—receives timely medical attention. Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries, so it is critical that you make sure that you receive immediate treatment.
Depending on the severity of your and others’ injuries, you may or may not be able to take down the contact information of the truck driver, as well as the information of any witnesses to the accident. If possible, take pictures of the accident and your injuries. Police should be called to the scene of the accident and an official police report should be filed.
As soon as you are able to, contact your own insurance company and notify them of the accident. Refrain from speaking with any adjusters from the trucking company or trucking company’s insurance provider, however. Instead, get in touch with a attorney who can help you protect your rights and work to recover the full compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses.
Trust Your Case to Anastopoulo Law Firm
Jackknifing truck accidents are very serious; it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible for help with your claim. Liable insurance companies will often go to great lengths to avoid paying out the full amount you are owed. Our South Carolina jackknifing accident lawyers can help you fight for the maximum recovery you deserve. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured individuals and the families of those killed in devastating truck accidents. Contact us today to find out how we can assist you.
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