Compensation for Jackknife Accidents

A jackknife accident is so called because the motion of the truck trailer swinging up towards the cab resembles the folding of a jackknife. Semi-trucks are some of the few vehicles with a design that allows them to fold in this manner. The two-part design, in which the trailer is attached to the cab by a pivoting hitch, allows the units to turn more sharply and more precisely. Unfortunately, it also allows the truck parts to move or stop at different speeds in the case of equipment failure, bad road or weather conditions or improper braking.

This type of accident occurs most frequently when the truck driver hits the brakes suddenly while traveling at high speed. As the front unit skids or rapidly stops, the rear trailer continues to move forward at a faster rate. This will either push the front unit and spin it around or cause the rear unit to move forward at such an angle that they fold together. As the trailer swings forward, it may sweep smaller vehicles up in its path and pin them against the cab, as well as presenting a wall which blocks the highway for oncoming traffic.

Considering that many of these trailers are between 40 and 75 feet in length and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, any cars in the path of a jackknifing truck can be severely damaged. Drivers and passengers can do little to avoid impact, the force of which can break bones, crush organs, permanently disable and kill. If you or a loved one has had the misfortunate of being involved in a jackknife accident, you can come to our firm for help in claiming compensation for your losses. Our Missouri truck accident attorneys can help you seek compensation for your damages, including financial and noneconomic damages.

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The father-and-son team at Meyerkord & Meyerkord is dedicated to helping families and individuals in St. Louis rebuild their lives after tragic accidents. There is seldom anything our clients could have done to avoid the collision. While many focus upon the immediate bodily harm and recovery, we understand that the long-term effects can be equally devastating. When your attention is consumed with recovery, it is difficult to also consider the continuing medical costs and potential loss of earning power. We take it upon ourselves to help our clients navigate the process of claiming compensation, with the goal of seeing that you are not forced to shoulder the economic burden of an accident you did not cause. We offer free consultations — contact us now!