When large trucks haul long trailers along highways a dangerous situation known as ‘jackknifing’ can occur, often causing catastrophic injuries to motorists and passengers of smaller vehicles. Jackknifing happens when the vehicle and its attached trailer is not in sync, forming a “V” or “L” shape similar to a jackknife. This type of accident is absolutely terrifying and is often attributed to some type of driver error or negligence.
Causes of Jackknifing
- Improper braking: When brakes are applied abruptly, tires tend to skid, allowing the trailer behind to swing sideways out of control. Drivers require training to properly execute the braking system while monitoring the rear trailer and maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles
- Improperly balanced trailer: A rear-heavy load is likely going to sway on the road, and can lead the trailer to swing into a jackknife position. It’s important that the trailer is packed with the weight spread out and on the bottom to prevent it from swinging out of control
- Brake system failure: Many commercial tractors are equipped with anti-lock braking technology that prevents jackknifing. A failure in the truck’s anti-lock brakes can lead to devastating results in a truck jackknifing accident
If you or a loved one has sustained severe injuries in any kind of truck accident, an experienced lawyer can help you pursue compensation for all your medical bills, lost wages, and for your pain and suffering.
Pasadena Based Lawyers Helping Thousands Across Southern California
Since 1973, the law firm of Binder & Associates has successfully represented thousands of clients recover compensation for serious injuries due to another person’s negligence. Working out of Pasadena, our truck jackknifing attorneys are dedicated to build a compelling case for your damages.
Jackknifing accidents can be prevented if responsible parties exercised due care and caution when loading and operating the vehicle. At Binder & Associates, our lawyers will fully investigate why and how this accident took place. We will examine all factors contributing to the accident and determine the party or parties who caused your injuries. We are prepared to fight for your right to receive the fair value of compensation in your situation whether in negotiated settlements or in court.
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Email us using the contact form on this page or call our Pasadena jackknife accident lawyers today at (626) 793-9124. We offer a free initial consultation and accept all accident cases on a no-recovery, no-fee basis.