Jackknifing means a tractor-trailer rig folds in way that causes the trailer to swing out to the side of the truck, resembling a pocket knife with the blade sticking out at an angle. A jackknife accident is extremely dangerous and often results in multiple impacts with cars across two or more lanes of a highway.

At Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, our attorneys represent victims of jackknife and other types of accidents involving large trucks. If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a jackknife accident, our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

What Causes Jackknife Accidents?

Jackknife accidents often involve negligence on the part of the truck driver or the company responsible for maintaining truck safety equipment. Causes of jackknifing include:

  • Brake failure
  • A driver attempting to swerve and brake at the same time
  • Decelerating on a turn
  • Driving too fast on icy roads
  • Tailgating

When a jackknife accident occurs, our lawyers hire accident reconstructionists to meticulously reconstruct how the accident occurred to see if the truck driver could have avoided the accident. Many trucks are equipped with GPS tracking devices that record all driver actions taken before a crash. It’s important to contact an experienced trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible after the crash so that these “black boxes” can be collected and preserved.

Meet With Our Chicago Trucking Accident Lawyers

There is never a charge to discuss your case with one of our Illinois truck jackknife lawyers. Evening and weekend consultations are available. To speak to us, call 312-226-4236 or send us an e-mail.

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