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Avoiding Jackknifing Accidents

One of the greatest problems associated with tractor-trailers is the fact that they are very difficult to control. The back tires of a trailer may not have very good traction, especially in inclement weather or if they are defective. As a result, the rear of the truck may begin to slide out to the side, moving towards the front of the truck at a 90 degree angle. This is known as a jackknife, and accidents involving a jackknifing truck can be devastating.

If you have been injured in a car accident involving a jackknifed truck, contact the Madison truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.

Preventing Jackknifing

A jackknife accident can occur due to a number of different roadway and mechanical factors. For instance, a driver may actually be to blame in some situations, as attempting turns too tight for the tires can cause jackknifing. Additionally, slick conditions caused by ice, rain, or spills can lead to jackknifing accidents. To prevent these accidents from occurring, there are a few solutions. These include:

  • Installing anti-lock brakes in the trailer
  • Using an angle-locking device to keep the trailer automatically in place
  • Driving more carefully in adverse conditions
  • Not attempting turns that are too sharp

By following these tips, it may be possible to avoid severe jackknife accidents.

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If you have been injured on the road because of a negligent truck driver, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more about your legal options following a roadway injury, contact the car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.

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