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Is it Possible for Semi-Trucks to Jackknife On Good Road Conditions?

Friday, April 10th, 2020
Is it Possible for Semi-Trucks to Jackknife On Good Road Conditions?

Jackknifing doesn’t just happen on slippery roads. Semi-trucks can get into this dangerous situation if certain precautions aren’t taken.

Icy or wet roads certainly present dangerous conditions that semi-trucks can likely jackknife on if not careful. However, with the brunt of wintry weather behind us, can semi-trucks still jackknife when poor road conditions are less likely to play a factor? In short, yes. In nearly all cases where bad weather or road conditions don’t play a role in causing a jackknifing incident, drivers of semi-trucks could have prevented the jackknife from happening. Here are a few ways not related to bad weather and slippery roads that can cause a semi-truck to jackknife, as well as some tips for drivers when operating their vehicle. (more…)

How to Prevent a Jackknife In Your Semi

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Being alert is key to preventing and correcting a jackknife accident.

Jackknifing is a type of truck accident in which the two separate parts of the truck (cab and trailer) fold in on themselves at the point of separation. The term “jackknife” refers to the acute angle at which this happens, and how it resembles the action of a pocketknife blade folding into its handle while closing. Many truck drivers dread this happening, and understandably so. A driver that find him or herself in this position can cause serious injury. Imagine 80,000 pounds and 28 feet of piercing metal swinging towards your vehicle. Scary, isn’t it? (more…)

Why Do Jackknife Accidents Occur and How are They Avoided?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
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Jackknife accidents are among the scariest and most lethal.

Jackknife accidents are among the most hazardous, most frightening and most damaging accidents a truck driver can get into. Most jackknife accidents occur when a truck’s drive wheels lock as the truck approaches a slick spot. The trailer continues to roll forward, causing the driver to lose control and the trailer to swing out to one side. During an emergency situation, a truck driver has three braking options. (more…)