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How dangerous is a jackknifed semitruck to the other traffic?

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2020 | Truck Accidents |

If you ever sat in bumper-to-bumper freeway traffic after an accident involving a jackknifed semitruck, you may have wondered just how the truck driver managed to get their rig maneuvered into such a disastrous position in the first place.

Jackknifing begins with a skid and can wind up causing horrific, even fatal, injuries. Read on to understand just how dangerous a jackknifed semitruck can be.

Because a jackknifed truck is completely out of the driver’s control, it is one of the most dangerous types of accidents that can occur. Not only is it a risk to other cars and trucks in its own lane, but also to the passenger cars and trucks in the adjacent lanes.

Right after a rain starts, the slick roads could be the catalyst to send a big rig into a skid and wind up jackknifing across the lanes of traffic. When the wheels lose traction with the surface of the freeway, they can cause the trailer and the cab to get misaligned. Curves in a road can also create a jackknifed situation if the trucker fails to properly negotiate them.

A truck with a fully loaded trailer of heavy cargo is much harder to jackknife than an empty semitruck trailer. The weight acts as an anchor holding the trailer in alignment with the cab. But if a trucker with an empty trailer has to lock up the brakes to avoid an accident on the freeway, the trailer could be at real risk of jackknifing.

If you get injured in an accident with a jackknifed truck, you could have very serious injuries. Seeking compensation from the at-fault trucker and the trucking company is often necessary to offset the medical bills you will incur for your treatment.

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