Although any vehicle can skid so the front of the vehicle is traveling in a different direction than the back, when this happens to a truck, the result can be disastrous.
When a truck is said to jackknife, what happens is that the cab moves in a different direction than the trailer it is hauling. This unexpected movement will take other motorists by surprise and sweep them off the road. Obviously, these types of truck accidents can result in serious injuries or even fatalities.
Truck drivers and truck companies are able to prevent jackknifing. For example, a truck company and the driver can make sure that their loads are properly secured and balanced in the truck. A truck that is not full and is not properly loaded is more prone to jackknifing.
Perhaps more importantly, a driver who hits their brakes too quickly, particularly when heading down hill or on a slick road, is more prone to jackknife. A driver must anticipate what is coming up down the road, so they have plenty of time to brake slowly without sliding. Moreover, drivers also need to be vigilant about checking their equipment to be certain their brakes and tires are in proper order.
When drivers do not carry out these simple responsibilities, they can wind up causing a serious accident. Should a Hartford County, Maryland, resident become hurt in a jackknifing accident, they may be able to obtain compensation from the driver and trucking company. If you have been injured by the negligence of another driver, you may wish to contact an attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit to recover compensation.