Jackknife truck accidents can cause devastating damages and serious injuries. A tractor-trailer jackknife involves a bend at the hinge between the trailer and the tractor. This motion can cause the truck to veer out of control or even rollover. Tragically, these incidents often result in injuries to the truck driver and any other motorist that was close to the truck during the incident.
Drivers who witness a trailer begin to swerve back and forth while braking should keep their distance. It is possible that the trailer will begin to push the tractor from behind before swinging to the side. The swinging trailer can easily crush a smaller passenger vehicle. Once the truck comes to a stop it may be on its side or completely jackknifed. In either case, the truck driver will have difficulty getting his or her vehicle off the roadway. A completely stopped truck on the highway can be extremely dangerous for approaching motorists.
These types of incidents can result from a number of hazardous conditions. They sometimes occur when a tractor begins to brake and the trailer continues because of icy or wet surfaces. Jackknife accidents can also occur on tight curves or steep declines. Sometimes, these incidents do not result from driver negligence but from an equipment malfunction or defective auto part.
Victims of Oklahoma jackknife accidents may have it in their best interest to discuss their legal rights and options with an experienced truck accident attorney. Financial compensation may be available for their pain and suffering, time away from work, medical expenses, and other related damages. The skilled Oklahoma City truck accident injury attorneys at the Maples Law Firm have a proven track record of handling jackknife truck accidents. We provide free consultations to anyone injured in an Oklahoma truck accident at (888) 226-6159. Please contact us today to find out how we can help.