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The Dangers of Jackknifing

Driving an 18-wheeler, semi truck, or even a regular truck with a trailer is not as simple as many people believe. Pulling a large trailer can add thousands of pounds to your load. In fact, when fully loaded, 18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Drivers must always remain aware of their trailer because if it starts sliding to either side, the truck could jackknife and cause a serious accident.

If an 18-wheeler or semi truck jackknifes, it could severely endanger other motorists on the road. Thus, it is important for truck drivers to drive carefully so that they do not risk jackknifing. If they fail in this duty, injuring you or someone you know, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call the Sheboygan truck accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 and schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

Causes of Jackknifing

When an 18-wheeler’s trailer jackknifes, it could cause a multiple-car collision as the trailer slides and hits nearby vehicles. Unfortunately, these trailers can jackknife for a number of reasons, including:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Taking sharp turns
  • Driving on ice, snow, or rain
  • Tire blowouts

If a reckless or otherwise unsafe truck driver causes a trailer to jackknife, he or she can be held responsible for the resulting damages.

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If you or a loved one has been hurt due to a careless truck driver, you can fight back against this irresponsible behavior. To learn more about your legal options, contact the Sheboygan truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.

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