4 Things You Should Know about Jackknife Truck Accidents (Part 1)

4 Things You Should Know about Jackknife Truck Accidents (Part 1)

Jackknife truck accidents are events that occur when the trailers of truck swing out from behind the cabs, closing in on the front of trucks – much like the way that jackknifes close. These types of truck accidents are particularly dangerous and deadly to other motorists on the road because they have a propensity to close in other vehicles, trap them beneath trucks and ultimately cause fatal injuries the occupants of these vehicles.

Jackknife truck accidents are more likely to occur when trucks are towing longer, lighter trailers.

Jackknife truck accidents are more likely to occur when trucks are towing longer, lighter trailers.

Here and in an upcoming second part of this blog, we will highlight 5 things you should know about jackknife truck accidents. These facts may not only protect you on the road, but they may also help protect you in court if you end up filing a truck accident lawsuit.

  1. Jackknifes are more likely to occur with longer trucks – The longer that tractor trailers are, the more likely they are to be involved in jackknife accidents. One reason for this is that longer tractor trailers gain more momentum and consequently become harder to stop than shorter trailers, especially if truck drivers have to slam on the brakes or quickly swerve to try to avoid running into other vehicles on the roads.So, if you are driving alongside of a longer semi-truck, do your best to get out of the way of that truck (by, for instance, slowing down a bit), as this will help you stay out of the line of impact if something goes wrong and a jackknife accident occurs.
  2. The heavier the truck, the less likely it is to jackknife – Although heavier semi-trucks are more likely to rollover, they have less of a chance of jackknifing when truck drivers have to make sudden maneuvers.While it’s not feasible for other drivers to really know when trucks may be empty or fully loaded (and, therefore, when they may be lighter or heavier), it’s a good idea for motorists to generally avoid cutting off truck drivers, as this can prevent the chances that these drivers have to slam on their brakes or suddenly swerve (both of which are conditions that can easily trigger jackknife accidents when trucks are lighter). 

Stay posted for the upcoming second part of this blog for three other important facts drivers should know about jackknife truck accidents.

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