What is a Jackknife Accident?
A jackknife truck accident occurs when the trailer of a truck begins moving at a more rapid pace than the cab, such as in the event of skidding or coming to a sudden stop. In an event such as this, the back of the trailer will most like be pushing to far forward on the cab, that the cab may swing around and end up facing the opposite direction of the trailer. As such, the vehicle will become stuck because the cab, or the part with the engine, is now facing a different direction than the rest of the vehicle.
The term jackknife is used in reference of the folding of a tractor-trailer, such as that of a pocket knife. These types of accidents are extremely dangerous, mostly because a jackknifed truck could spin across lanes before coming to a stop. Any vehicles that are unable to stop may experience underride, in which their vehicle is thrust underneath the trailer of the truck. If you have been involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler that has jackknifed on a road or freeway, do not wait to contact a
truck accident lawyer.
Lawyer for Jackknife Accident Victims
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, the legal team has years of experience in the area of personal injury and truck accident law, and we understand what it takes to go up against corporations and large law firms during a truck accident claim. Because many commercial truck drivers are covered by their employer's insurance company, and accident caused by a reckless truck driver may not guarantee you compensation. Their attorney will come out with strong evidence in hopes of not having to pay out a single dime to an injured party. With a matter such as this, you will need an aggressive and competent truck accident attorney to help you fight for a fair settlement.