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Large trucks often travel Interstate 95 or Interstate 10 to make commercial deliveries. But due to the sheer size, weight and design of most commercial trucks, these massive vehicles are often a liability to other motorists.
Some of the most common crashes involving large trucks are jackknife accidents. The term “jackknife” refers to the 90-degree angle that the trailer makes in relation to the cab. When the trailer swings out, it forms a shape resembling a folding knife.
At Pajcic & Pajcic, we understand the severity of these accidents. They can be devastating for one motorist, let alone multiple motorists, in a single crash. For decades, our attorneys have served injury victims in greater Jacksonville and throughout Florida. With our extensive knowledge of Florida’s legal system, we will fight to hold negligent truck drivers, and their companies, accountable for injuries.
How do jackknife accidents happen?
Jackknife accidents can involve any large vehicle with a trailer hitched to the back. These accidents are very common during slippery road conditions and are more likely to occur with light trailers. Florida’s roads can become slick when it rains, or during the rare event of snow, freezing rain or black ice.
Jackknife accidents usually happen when a truck driver:
- Swerves to avoid hitting another vehicle
- Hits the brakes too quickly
- Makes a turn or changes lanes too quickly
- Veers out of a lane and attempts to overcompensate by turning the wheel too far
- Experiences a tire blowout
The injuries sustained in jackknife accidents are often severe, and at times, they can be fatal. They usually include:
- Spine injuries
- Concussions and head injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts, bruises and contusions
Our attorneys can help
Whether attributed to the truck driver or trucking company, jackknife accidents are usually the result of negligence. Following a jackknife accident, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you have a strong claim. Take pictures of the crash scene and speak to witnesses, if you’re able to. Always obtain a detailed police report and seek immediate medical attention.