Driver Error Causes JackknifingJackknifing is the Result of an Overreaction
Jackknifing is induced by a skidding or sliding. Unlike in a car, the ability to recover from such a skid in an 80,000 tractor with a trailer is more difficult. Every commercial truck driver is trained to avoid skidding and jackknifing. The three most common causes of jackknifing are over acceleration, over braking and over steering. Over acceleration causes too much power to the drive wheels causing them to spin. If a driver brakes too hard it can cause the wheels to lock up. If a driver over steers the front wheels may start to slide, the drive tires slide or the trailer skids and swings out. A jackknife truck accident lawyer from Patterson Law can evaluate your truck accident case.
Over steering and over braking can lead to a trailer jackknifing. This occurs because the trailer’s wheels lock leading to a skid. The trailer continues to move at a higher speed than the tractor causing the trailer to slide around. This is incredibly dangerous for unsuspecting vehicles to the side that may be struck by the sliding trailer or may have its travel path blocked by the trailer.