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Jackknife Truck Accident Lawsuit Lawyers in Georgia

March 01, 2022

Driving errors and inclement weather can cause life-threatening jackknife truck accidents. When tractor-trailer trucks jackknife, cars following the semi cannot always avoid a collision with the truck or other vehicles. 18-wheeler trucks that jackknife increase the probability of injury to the trucker. These types of accidents also cause cargo to be thrown into the roadway creating an additional hazard for other motorists.  

A truck "jackknifes" when the tractor's trailer suddenly turns almost perpendicular to the truck's direction of travel. When the truck "jackknifes," the truck's trailer "swings" uncontrollably across one or more traffic lanes when this occurs. The truck's trailer then forms a "wall" span across several traffic lanes. Tractor-trailer trucks "jackknife" due to wind, inclement weather, driver error, and when the truck driver suddenly brakes hard when the truck is moving at a high rate of speed. The force of the trailer may also alter the direction of the tractor cab. In some jackknife accidents, tractor-trailer trucks turn over on the side. These types of incidents can also throw cargo, fuel, or other harmful chemicals on the truck. These incidents can also cause massive pile-up accidents.

Motorists behind a truck that suddenly jackknifes could be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident with injuries. If a jackknife accident happens at highway speed, motorists behind the truck will not have enough space or time to avoid a collision with an 18-wheeler. Moreover, motor vehicles may not see the stopped traffic leading to rear-end collisions with the stopped truck and other motorists.  

The Typical Causes of Jackknife Truck Crashes

While there are many reasons for truck jackknife accidents, an experienced truck driver will try not to apply the brakes too hard. When a jackknife accident is the driver's fault, it is generally due to:

  • A truck driver loses control over their vehicle due to slippery road conditions;
  • A truck driver is driving while distracted;
  • A truck driver is operating their truck while drowsy;
  • A trucker is driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol; and 
  • A truck driver tries to avoid a collision.

Individuals responsible for causing the semi-tractor-trailer truck to jackknife could be held responsible for compensating victims injured in an accident if the crash was caused by another's negligence. Monetary compensation for accident victims may include monetary damages for:

  • Pain and suffering;
  • Past, present, and future medical expenses;
  • Prescription medications;
  • Therapy;
  • Lost wages;
  • Decreased future earnings;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life;
  • Other losses and expenses.

If you or a loved one have been harmed in a truck accident, contact our experienced truck accident attorneys to discuss you legal rights.  Our firm may be able to help you hold those responsible for your injuries and recover maximum compensation on your behalf.  

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