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New York Jackknife Truck Accident Attorneys

A jackknife accident occurs when an 18-wheeler truck skids and the trailer swings forward, creating a 90 degree angle with the cab. Jackknife accidents can occur for a number of reasons including poor road conditions. However, many jackknife accidents are the direct result of negligence on the part of truck drivers or the companies that employ them.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a jackknife truck accident, it is important to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney. The truck accident lawyers at Finz firm have extensive experience handling truck accident cases and can help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve.

To discuss your truck accident case, call the Finz firm now toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM or simply fill out the free case evaluation form. The firm's experienced New York jackknife truck accident lawyers can help you explore your legal options.

What Causes Jackknife Accidents?

When a truck jackknifes, the trailer typically swings around so that it covers the entire road or more than two lanes of a multi-lane highway. This creates an immediate and deadly hazard for other cars on the roadway.

In many cases, jackknife truck accidents are due to the failure to properly adjust brakes. Defective brakes are one of the most common causes of truck accidents. Other causes of jackknife accidents include downshifting and entering into a curve too quickly.

In handling a truck accident case, the Finz attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to determine if the accident was the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company or another party.

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If you, a family member or a friend has suffered a serious injury in an 18-wheeler jackknife accident, contact the Finz firm now toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM or simply fill out the free case evaluation form.

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Truck Maintenance Important to Those on the Road

April 09, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Jackknife truck accidents are among the most dangerous accidents that can occur.  A jackknife occurs when whatever the truck is towing, be it another vehicle or a trailer, maintains forward momentum at a greater rate than the truck itself.  This forces a bend between the truck and the trailer in the familiar shape of a jacknife.  Unable to decouple, the truck often flips on its side.

Jackknife accidents often result in multiple collisions, as they happen too quickly for other vehicles to respond, and oftentimes the flipped vehicle will block multiple lanes of highway or freeway.  As jackknifes are also more common in difficult conditions such as icy roads or heavy traffic, the potential for pile-ups and significant injuries is high.

Jackknife accidents often start as a skid, where the wheels of the truck lose traction due to one of a variety of reasons, including:

  •  Icy or slick road conditions
  • Unevenly worn tires
  • Uneven vehicle suspension
  • Braking too hard or fast

When a skid occurs, drivers often make the mistake of attempting to brake even harder or attempt to maneuver the vehicle too adroitly.  As the trailer is not subject to the same direct steering as the truck, this can put the trajectory of the truck and trailer at odds, particularly if the axle of either vehicle has become locked.  When this happens, a jackknife becomes very likely.

Most jackknife accidents are preventable, as they are caused by improper driving (braking and swerving at the same time, applying the retarder unnecessarily), ignoring the driving conditions (not driving slowly on icy or winding roads) or improper maintenance (uneven tire wear or uneven loading).

If you or someone you love has been injured in a jackknife truck accident, it is important to remember that most of these accidents were avoidable if the driver of the truck had properly maintained and operated their vehicle.  Please, consult with an experienced attorney about your case and hold the driver responsible for their actions.

 

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Keep Your Eyes on the Road for Jacknife Accident Probability

November 02, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Jackknife accidents, when a trailer or towed vehicle folds towards the towing vehicle either before or after a collision, are among the most dangerous types of accidents.  When a vehicle, particularly a semi, jackknifes, there are almost always multiple others vehicles involved in the accident due to the fact the trailer usually slides into other lanes of traffic.

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