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Jackknifed Trucks

A semi attempts to make a turn, but its wheels lose their grip. The trailer turns sideways at an angle to the truck, skidding forward across the entire roadway. This is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to a truck, especially for everyone else on the road. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a jackknifed truck, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.

The term “jackknifing” stems from the resemblance between a folding pocket knife (a jackknife) and the orientation of the truck and trailer. When the trailer loses traction, it begins to swing around to the side, resembling a closing pocket knife. While this may not be the most accurate analogy for what is happening, it is certainly evocative. The name underscores the life-threatening danger of a jackknifed truck—sometimes all too literally for cars that are unfortunate enough to crash under the trailer.

Jackknifing is so dangerous, in fact, that enormous work has been put into reducing the likelihood and severity of it. For example, some trucking companies have tested systems that limit the trailer’s range of motion to prevent it from going sideways. Most modern trucks are also fitted with antilock brakes to reduce skidding, and cabs often include brakes for the trailer’s wheels to discourage it from turning around. Some even include systems to automatically apply brakes in certain conditions.

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Unfortunately, despite advances in semi truck safety, dangerous accidents still happen, injuring and even killing innocent drivers and passengers. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence, especially if their actions caused you harm. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and suffering. To learn how the experienced Kankakee personal injury lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. can help you fight for compensation and find closure, contact us today at (815) 929-9292 to discuss your case.