Jackknife Accidents

Jackknife Accidents


A jackknife accident occurs when the trailer swings out and comes to a rest at a 90-degree angle, resembling a folding pocket knife. These massive trailers can hit and crush other vehicles before coming to a complete stop. If you or someone you love was injured in a jackknife accident, you should immediately call Palumbo Wolfe & Palumbo to schedule a consultation with one of our Phoenix truck accident attorneys.

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Jackknifing is caused by adverse weather conditions, icy roads, or because the truck driver suddenly applied the brakes. Whether the trucker was speeding, or unfamiliar with the roadway, or trying to avoid colliding with a stalled vehicle, the entire truck along with the trailer can skid in this type of situation, causing the trailer to jackknife by the time it comes to a rest. In such accidents, any nearby motorists can get swept in the forces of the collision and sustain serious, if not life-threatening injuries as a result.


As with all truck accidents, it is necessary to prove truck driver negligence in a jackknife accident. Since trucking accidents are more complex than auto accidents and involve the truck driver, the trucking company, the insurance carrier, law enforcement, and accident investigators, it is important to be represented by a Phoenix personal injury lawyer who will advocate for your rights to fair compensation.

Contact our truck accident lawyers in Phoenix to request a free initial consultation with a member of our legal team. We are fully qualified to protect your interests and pursue the compensation that you need and deserve!



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