When a semitruck moves at high speeds and skids, the trailer often swings at a 90-degree angle. This is referred to as truck jackknifing.
If a truck is in a jackknife, it is completely out of control and its momentum and mass are staggering. The truck can then skid across several traffic lanes and injure or kill any nearby motorists.
The causes of jackknife are typically improper loading, speeding, slickness or all three.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s finding indicates this:
The mean total trailer weight of large combination trucks that experience a jackknife, tends to be less than the mean total trailer weight of large combination trucks that do not experience a jackknife.*
Rain or snow can cause a truck cab to move forward and cause a trailer fishtail. If the truck is around curves, entrance ramps or expressways, it can lead to a rollover.
If you or someone close has been injured, we are here for you.
Iowa Truck Wreck Attorneys
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Our lawyers are prepared to do everything possible to obtain compensation for injuries caused due to:
- Tight-curve speeding
- Truck steering onto a soft shoulder
- Abrupt swerving
- Aggressive driving
- Poor tire care
- Poor brake maintenance
- Load shifting
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