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What To Know about Jackknife Accidents


Large commercial trucks are commonplace on the roads in Tennessee. Trucking is the most common way to transport goods across the country, and when fully loaded a semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Accidents involving commercial trucks are often devastating for victims, and the injuries can be particularly severe in a jackknife accident. At Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville, our office understands the seriousness of a truck accident and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. To learn more, call or contact our office today.

What is a Jackknife Accident?

Eighteen wheeler trucks consist of two parts: the cab in the front and the trailer in the back that are connected on a joint. When a jackknife accident occurs, the cab where the driver sits and the trailer with the cargo go in two different directions. Ultimately, the trailer can swing around to the cab, forming a ā€œVā€ shape with the truck, which makes the driver completely unable to control the vehicle. When the force and speed of the truck is so great, it can cause the truck in a jackknife crash to also tip or roll on its side, making control even more impossible for the driver. The truck is unable to stop or change directions, which often leads to the truck running into other vehicles on the road in a jackknife accident.

What Causes a Jackknife Accident?

There are many different reasons why a commercial truck may jackknife on the roadway, but most occur because of driver error or negligence. Some of the most common causes of jackknife accidents include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Improper lane changes
  • Driving distracted
  • Negligent cargo loading/securement
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Poor road conditions
  • Attempting to make a sudden stop, and more.

Injuries Caused by Jackknife Accidents

The injuries caused by jackknife accidents are often catastrophic for victims. The victims of these accidents are almost always drivers and passengers in other, smaller vehicles on the road. Many report crushing injuries, amputations, severe head and neck trauma, broken bones, internal injuries, nerve damage, and more. These injuries often require lengthy hospital stays and even longer recovery times. Many victims of jackknife truck accidents report permanent injuries that impact the rest of their lives.

The severe nature of injuries caused by jackknife accidents requires an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that victims receive the compensation they deserve for the physical and emotional trauma caused by this type of crash. Damages can include coverage of all medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and the loss of future income and benefits as well as compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and the loss of enjoyment of life.

Talk to Mitch Grissim & Associates Today

Do you have more questions about jackknife trucking accidents, or have you been injured by a commercial truck on the road? If so, the knowledgeable Nashville truck accident attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates can help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your injury claims now.


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