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What causes a semi to jackknife?

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2021 | Commercial Truck Accidents

We’ve all seen them when driving on Akron area roads: the semi-truck that has a trailer jutted out from the cab across multiple lanes of the highway. These are annoyances for drivers as traffic can be backed up for miles, but they can also be dangerous situations. A jackknifed semi can cause serious accidents but what causes a semi to jackknife?

There are many ways in which a semitruck can jackknife:

  • Brake issue: If the truck has faulty brakes, it can cause the truck’s axle to lock up and make the truck more difficult to control. This can happen if there is improper brake maintenance on the truck.
  • Load shifts: If the truck’s cargo is improperly secured it can force the trailer to move around, leading to an accident.
  • Road conditions: If the roads are wet, icy or slippery, trucks can lose traction and slide, causing a jackknife accident. Road hazards such as potholes, debris in the road, etc. can also cause a truck to jackknife.
  • Sudden braking: When a truck is speeding and needs to brake suddenly it can be too much for a loaded trailer to handle. The truck would then stop at a different rate of speed than the trailer, causing the truck to jackknife.

If a person has been involved in a truck accident in the Akron area, they can contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury. An attorney can help their client understand what happened to cause the accident and who is at fault. They know their client has undergone a traumatic event and is now suffering from serious injuries. They will hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and help their client recover compensation for their injuries.