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Jackknife Accidents

Jackknife Truck Accident Attorney in Washington, DC

Injured in a jackknife accident?

Jackknife accidents are one of the more common types of truck accidents. As semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other various commercial vehicles are articulated vehicles, meaning that they have a cab and a separate trailer, there is an added element and risk of danger posed by these trucks.

In a jackknife accident, a commercial vehicle towing a trailer folds where the cab and trailer meet, often in a fashion that resembles a folding pocket knife. Trailers can swing wildly while still attached to the cab and often migrate through other lanes of traffic. As a result, jackknife accidents nearly always involve multiple vehicles and an elevated risk for causing extensive, serious harm.

Just as with any truck accident, jackknife accidents can be caused by a number of factors, including any of the following scenarios and factors:

  • Sudden braking or rear-end collisions
  • Defective or improperly maintained vehicles
  • Equipment failure or malfunction
  • Driver error, aggressive driving, and driver negligence
  • Adverse roadway conditions, including wet or icy roads
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Overloaded trucks

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), jackknifing accidents have among the highest potential for causing multi-vehicle collisions, injury, and fatality of any truck accidents. As such, there are a number of federal trucking laws that aim to reduce the risk for jackknifing accidents.

In addition to properly training drivers on ways to avoid jackknifing, trucking companies are also required to regularly maintain vehicles and properly load freight. Although these regulations can reduce the risk that a jackknife accident will occur, they do not mean that other drivers will always be immune to potential danger, and they definitely do not imply that all truck drivers and trucking companies will abide by the law.

As establishing fault and liability is of the utmost importance in trucking accidents, our legal team taps into decades of experience and a strong working knowledge of the various trucking laws in place. We are meticulous in our investigations and case preparation, and we leave no stone unturned when extrapolating the evidence that can support your claim.

When done successfully, thorough investigations and careful case preparation can establish the foundation that our firm will use to aggressively fight on your behalf and hold trucking companies fully liable for the damages you suffered.

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