Jackknifing is a term commonly referred to when a tractor trailer swings the back end of their truck out of control, normally due to a slick spot on the road where they completely lose control of the back of their trailer. Unfortunately, this can be a very dangerous type of accident because of how large the truck is. Knowing what to look for when driving next to a tractor-trailer can easily help to save you from being a victim of a jackknife accident.
One of the most common reasons a jackknife accident occurs is because the back of the tractor trailer goes over a slick spot on the road, whether wet or icy, and the driver is no longer able to control the back end of their rig.
Incorrect Use of Brakes
Driving a tractor-trailer is much different than driving a normal car. Swerving while on the brake immediately locks up the whole rig’s wheels, meaning the axle is free to spin and swerve however it would like. When driving a tractor-trailer, drivers are supposed to brake, release the brake, swerve, and then reapply the brakes. This way, it prevents, or at least limits the chances of a jackknifing.
Not Decelerating on Bend
Just like a car, not slowing down for a bend or turn in the road can easily lead to jackknifing. When trucks take a turn too hard, they are likely to lose control of the back of their trailer and it will start to uncontrollably swerve.
Knowing what to look for when driving near a tractor trailer is very important, and if you notice them not putting their brakes on for a turn, see them slipping on wet roads, or see them swerve while braking, it is very important to keep your distance from them. If you or a loved one has fell victim to a jackknifing accident, the attorneys at Andres & Berger are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.