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Jackknife Accident Attorney in Columbia

Representing Victims of Serious Truck Accidents in South Carolina

When a truck driver loses control of his/her vehicle and slams on the brakes, causing the truck trailer to skid and swing up toward the tractor (i.e., the front of the truck), resembling a folded jackknife, this type of crash is considered a “jackknife accident.” Since this type of truck accident often involves the trailer moving across multiple lanes of traffic and other drivers do not have enough time to avoid a collision because the trailer is blocking the road, they can be quite devastating.

If you have been injured in a jackknife accident in Columbia or Lexington, let the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC maximize your entitled compensation and help you make the best possible recovery from injury. Our legal team can help you file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the negligent trucker, trucking company, or any other third party that was involved.

Contact us today at (803) 359-3301 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Common Causes of Jackknife Accidents

A sudden change in speed or road conditions generally can cause a truck to jackknife. Although the driver brakes and the cab slows down, the momentum of the trailer continues to move forward, causing it to pivot sideways. The swinging trailer can hit other vehicles or cause numerous accidents from blocking the roadway. Furthermore, jackknife accidents can result in the entire tractor-trailer overturning, either becoming a significant road hazard, spilling dangerous cargo, or even catching on fire.

The following are the common causes of jackknife accidents:

  • High speeds – When a trucker drives at high speeds and encounters an unexpected road condition that forces him/her to suddenly slam on the brakes, the momentum of the trailer can cause a jackknife of accident.

  • Slippery roads – Whether it’s rain, snow, or ice, such weather conditions can result in slippery roads, which can make it easier for trucks to lose traction and cause a jackknife accident.

  • Curves – When a truck driver approaches a curvy road, it is imperative to slow down and drive at a reduced speed while making the curve. If a trucker drives too fast, the trailer can swing out sideways.

  • Truck part malfunction – If the truck’s brakes are not properly inspected or maintained, they may break down or malfunction, which can cause a jackknife accident.

  • Negligent driving – From distracted driving and drowsy driving to drunk and drugged driving, truck drivers may negligently operate a vehicle and put other drivers’ lives in danger.

Jackknife accidents can often cause multi-vehicle accidents since the trailer swings into other traffic lanes. Many jackknifes could be prevented if the truck driver was more experienced and responsible.

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Our firm can thoroughly investigate the accident, gather and examine evidence, negotiate with insurers, and help you obtain the most favorable result in your case. We are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve!

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