What Causes Jackknife Accidents?
Large commercial trucks can cause severe damage and injuries when they crash. One particularly dangerous type of crash is called a “jackknife” accident. A jackknife occurs when the large trailer of the truck swings out into adjacent lanes, becoming perpendicular to the truck and folding like a knife does. If any vehicles or pedestrians are in the path of the trailer, they can be crushed, causing catastrophic damage and injuries. In addition, a jackknifed trailer often causes the driver to lose complete control of the truck, which can result in a rollover or chain-reaction crash.
Because of the serious results of a jackknife, it is important to know who can be held liable for your injuries. In order to identify the responsible party, you should be aware of the common causes of jackknife accidents
, some of which are explained below.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports
that driver errors cause the majority of commercial truck accidents – and jackknife accidents are no different. There are many driver errors that can result in a jackknife, including the following:
Improper loading of car
go in the trailer is also a common cause of jackknife crashes. First, if the trailer is overloaded, the coupling device can fail and cause a jackknife, especially on hills or while the driver is braking. In addition, cargo that is not properly secured inside a trailer can shift while the truck is in motion. Such shifting can cause the trailer to become imbalanced and result in a jackknife.
Malfunctions such as tire blowouts
, coupling failures, or brake failures can result in a jackknife accident. In such situations, the company that manufactured and sold the defective truck part may be liable for any injuries caused in the crash.
Call a Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer at Abels & Annes for Help
If you have been injured in any kind of truck crash
, please call our truck accident attorneys in Chicago as soon as possible. We have represented many injured clients, so contact Abels & Annes
for a free consultation at 312-924-7575 today.