A jackknife accident is a crash involving a tractor-trailer, a type of truck that is comprised of a tractor (which hosts the engine and driver) and a trailer (which is attached to the tractor and carries the cargo). In this type of accident, the tractor and its trailer go into a skid. The brakes on the trailer lock, and the trailer swings around to form a 90-degree angle with the tractor, resembling a jackknife. The tractor-trailer may continue to skid at an alarming rate and for some distance.
Jackknife accidents are among the most dangerous types of truck accidents, as the vehicle can cross one or more lanes and potentially collide with oncoming traffic. The immense size and weight of a jackknifing tractor-trailer make it all the more dangerous, as it can literally crush other vehicles, cause underride collisions, and more.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a jackknife accident involving a large truck, Cullan & Cullan is here to help. Our Kansas City truck accident attorneys are uniquely qualified to handle cases of this kind, with medical degrees, degrees in anatomy and engineering, and advanced accident reconstruction training specifically involving semi-trucks. We know how to build the strongest possible case for a client to maximize their recovery.
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What Causes a Semi-Truck to Jackknife?
Driver negligence, inexperience, or hazardous road conditions may increase the likelihood of a jackknife accident. It will be important to determine exactly what caused the truck to jackknife, as this will determine a victim’s potential source of compensation, whether it is the trucking company, truck operator, or another party.
A semi-truck may jackknife as a result of:
- Inattentive or distracted driving
- Excessive speed
- Improper handling of a truck in an emergency situation
- Improper braking, which locks the trailer brakes
- Skidding on slippery roads or downgrades
- The force of a collision
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At Cullan & Cullan, we are here to protect your rights and interests after a serious jackknife accident. Our Kansas City truck accident lawyers understand what you have been through and are committed to handling your case with the professionalism, intelligence, and determination it deserves.
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