Jackknife accidents are a particularly dangerous type of accident that involve the trailer of a semi-truck swinging out from behind the cab and folding against the cab, resembling the action of a folding knife. Trucks that have jackknifed are nearly impossible to control, making these kinds of accidents capable of causing widespread damage and serious injury to the property and people in the area. Fortunately for victims, jackknife accidents are often caused by truck driver negligence,  meaning that victims can often recover for their injuries through a personal injury claim. Examples of the kinds of truck driver negligence that could cause a jackknife accident
Trucks should never spontaneously jackknife while operating under normal conditions. Some examples the ways in which a truck driver’s negligence could potentially cause a truck to jackknife include the following:
- Improper braking
- Failure to conduct a pre-trip inspection
- Ignoring poor weather conditions
- Improper loading of cargo
- Taking turns too fast
- Failing to secure cargo
- Reckless driving
- Failure to maintain a vehicle
- Noncompliance with FMCSR regulations
After a truck accident, it is important for victims to take certain steps in order to ensure that they will be able to recover for their injuries. If possible, people who are involved in an accident should document as much information as possible about it as possible. The kinds of facts to of which to take note include the weather conditions at the time of the accident, the names of the drivers involved, the USDOT  number and license plate number of the truck, and any markings that indicate what company was responsible for operating the semi that jackknifed. Importantly, victims should always seek medical attention, even if they do not believe that they are seriously injured, and should retain legal counsel immediately. Any delay in filing your claim has the potential to result in the loss or destruction of evidence critical to your case.
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