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Las Vegas Truck Jackknife Accident

Jackknifing is a common type of accident that involves vehicles pulling trailers and large commercial trucks. Jackknifing occurs when the brakes of a vehicle seize up and the trailer being pulled swings forward to form an L-shape or an angle similar to that of a folding pocket knife. The weight of the trailer can cause the vehicle to spin around and face backwards, which may lead to loose cargo accidents with trucking companies.

Factors that increase the likelihood of jackknifing accidents include driving at speeds above 55 miles per hour, poor weather, and curved roads. As the weight of a trailer or truck decreases, the odds of jackknifing increase. Furthermore, as the length of a truck or trailer increases, the odds of jackknifing increase. As a truck becomes heavier and shorter, however, a truck is instead more likely to rollover.

Given the weight and size of vehicles involved in jackknifing accidents, these types of accidents are serious and pose significant dangers to other drivers on the road. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10% of truck fatalities involve jackknifing. Over 90% of the accidents involving jackknife fatalities involved a truck with a single trailer.

Whether a jackknifing accident involves a car with a trailer or a large commercial truck, jackknifing accidents frequently occur because the driver failed to operate the vehicle with reasonable care. If you have been injured by a truck in a jackknifing accident, it is important to reach out to an experienced Las Vegas jackknifing accident attorney. Call Ladah Law Firm’s jackknifing truck accident attorneys at 702.252.0055 to find out if you can recover compensation for your injuries.

How to Prevent Jackknifing Accidents

Driving with a trailer can be difficult because of the trailer’s size and the weight. Fortunately, jackknifing accidents are not foregone conclusions and can be prevented with proper care and control. In this regard, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that truck drivers:

  • Drive at moderate speeds. The higher the speed, the more likely there is for trailer instability or sway;
  • Avoid sudden stops and starts of the vehicle;
  • Avoid sudden steering maneuvers that might create sway or undue side force on the trailer;
  • Allow considerably more distance for stopping;
  • Slow down when traveling over bumpy roads, railroad crossings, and ditches; and
    Always anticipate the need to slow down. To reduce speed, shift to a lower gear and press the brakes lightly.

Unfortunately, not all truck drivers adhere to these suggestions, and instead take actions that lead to catastrophic accidents.

What Happens When A Truck JackKnifes?

Because of the position a truck ends up in when it’s jackknifed, it creates a very dangerous scenario. Obviously, the driver has lost all control of the vehicle at this point or they wouldn’t be in this extremely compromising position. They themselves are at serious risk of traffic from behind them hitting them at high speeds. Sometimes, especially on ice or snow, the jackknifing action will even cause the truck to spin around 180 degrees and end up facing the traffic that was trailing behind them. If the other vehicles are also unable to stop, they may end up hitting the truck (head on now) at much higher speeds than the truck is driving. This can happen if the truck is slowing down faster than the traffic behind them is capable of and could happen simply because there’s so many more tires gripping the road, or if the brakes seized up & are helping slow the truck down.

Another common & dangerous scenario is when a semi attempts to stop abruptly or regain control but the cab instead begins to slide sideways. This often results in the truck jackknifing while sliding or upon impact of the cab hitting guard rails, highway directional signs, dry patches between ice & snow, etc. The result is usually a semi taking up most or all of the road, blocking traffic behind them. Again, this traffic is sometimes unable to stop & will impact the trailer because they have nowhere else to go but slide directly into the truck or trailer or potentially swerve of the road or into the median. Neither of which is usually an apparent better option.

None of the potential causes & results of semi trucks jackknifing result in a safe scenario & this type of accident often causes other accidents. Sometimes serious or even deadly ones. These type of wrecks need an experienced lawyer to dissect all the events leading up to the collision & determine who was at fault. If you’ve been hurt in an accident from the initial jackknife event or the result of an additional collision because of it, you need to contact an attorney who is ready to examine the events leading up to the accident & fight on your behalf.

Contact a Las Vegas Jackknifing Truck Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one is involved in a jackknifing truck accident, Ladah Law Firm’s jackknifing truck accident attorneys can help you. We have experience helping truck accident victims recover compensation in a variety of types of accidents, including jackknifing truck accidents.
Contact Ladah Law Firm’s truck accident attorneys today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. You can call us at 702.252.0055 or visit our office at 517 South 3rd Street in Las Vegas.

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