What is a Jackknife Accident?

Truck accidents are among the most dangerous and potentially fatal of all motor vehicle crashes and ty

How Do Jackknife Accidents Occur?

Various factors can contribute to, or directly cause, a jackknife accident:

pically involve many injured victims and multiple damaged vehicles. Anyone who has ever experienced a jackknife accident is immensely fortunate to be alive.

A jackknife accident involves a truck and its attached trailer skidding on the roadway, resulting in the trailer swinging out and away from the cab. When this happens, the trailer and cab make a V or an L shape like a jackknife.

When a truck jackknifes, it can take up all lanes and cause devastating damage and injuries to surrounding vehicles, motorists, and other road users. Further, a truck that’s moving fast enough can easily roll over or flip onto its side, skid down the road, and take out everything in the way. Because jackknife accidents can happen suddenly, motorists and bystanders won’t have enough time to avoid the crash. 

Who is Liable in a Jackknife Truck Accident?

Establishing liability in a jackknife truck accident can be complex since there may be multiple parties that injured people can hold liable for the crash. Also, trucking companies usually have a team of attorneys and claims adjusters that will do all that they can to deny or lower the value of compensation for injured claimants. Generally, one or more of these parties may be liable in a jackknife truck accident:

Talk to an Experienced Manchester Truck Accident Attorney Today

The Manchester truck accident attorneys of Berman & Russo understand how devastating a jackknife truck accident can be. They know how to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident to prove fault and liability, and secure the compensation injured clients deserve. Call them now at 860-644-1548 or reach them online to set up a free case review.