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How truckers can prevent jackknifing

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2019 | Commercial Truck Accidents |

Jackknifing incidents are not uncommon here in North Carolina. Besides big rig operators, drivers who tow trailers or boats are in danger of jackknifing, especially if their load is rear-heavy. However, it is mostly truckers who need to consider the following tips for jackknifing prevention.

There are two types of jackknifing: trailer and tractor jackknifing. In the former, the trailer wheels lose traction after sudden, hard braking. In the latter, the tractor wheels lose traction, usually as the result of harsh acceleration. To watch out for jackknifing, truckers should regularly check their rearview mirrors for trailer swing. Those with a light load should be especially vigilant.

If truckers can practice safe braking, they will significantly decrease their chances of jackknifing. One aspect of this is to decelerate slowly before coming up to bends and curves. Drivers should not brake while in the turn. They should also not brake at the same time that they are swerving away from objects. Above all, they must maintain a safe following distance.

Jackknifing can also occur when the truck goes in reverse. Operators should put one hand near the six o’clock position of their steering wheel and then turn this hand the same way they want the vehicle to go. This simple trick will help to prevent any incidents.

When commercial truck accidents arise because of a jackknifing big rig, an injured parties may be eligible for compensation. It must be clear, though, that the jackknifing occurred through the trucker’s negligence. For this reason, victims may want legal representation. Personal injury lawyers usually have a network of investigators who can gather the necessary proof. Lawyers can normally handle all negotiations, too. A successful accident claim could cover a victim’s medical bills, vehicle repair or replacement costs and more.