Jackknife accidents occur when the trailer and cab of the truck swing around to form the shape of a "V" or a partially folded pocket knife.
A jackknife truck accident occurs when the trailer of a truck begins moving quicker than the cab, such as in the event of skidding or coming to a sudden stop. When this occurs, the back of the trailer most likely pushes too far forward on the cab, which causes the cab to swing around and face the opposite direction of the trailer. As such, the vehicle becomes stuck because the cab, or the part with the engine, is now facing a different direction than the rest of the vehicle.
The term jackknife is used in reference of the folding of a tractor-trailer, such as that of a pocket knife. These types of accidents are extremely dangerous—mostly because a jackknifed truck could spin across lanes before coming to a stop. Any vehicles that are unable to stop may experience underride, in which their vehicle is thrust underneath the trailer of the truck.
If you have been involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler that has jackknifed on a road or freeway, call now.
In "An Analysis of Fatal Large Truck Crashes" published by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, it was found that there are several contributing factors for jackknife accidents. For example, it was found that when a truck was speeding at 55 mph or higher, there was a significant increase in the chances of a jackknife accident—similarly, as the length of the truck increased, so did the chances of a jackknife. However, it was found that as the weight of the truck and its cargo increased, the odds of a jackknife actually decreased, although it did increase the odds when the truck became lighter.
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