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What causes a truck to jackknife?

While there are many reasons why a truck can crash in California, jackknifing can be one of the most dangerous. When a truck loses control and begins to swerve across several lanes of traffic, many cars can be hit and multiple drivers injured. Understanding the circumstances that can lead to this type of accident can help you be aware of the danger and also recognize the signs of a truck beginning to jackknife.

 

According to The Truckers Place, some of the most common causes of jackknifing depend on the road conditions. Weather can play a big role, with icy turns being one of the top reasons for swerving trucks. Wind can also sway a truck’s cargo and cause it to begin jackknifing, which is why big trucks need to be extra cautious during periods of high wind.

 

Sometimes, these accidents are not due entirely to the weather, but may be due to an operator who is traveling too fast for the road conditions. In other cases, the crash may be caused by a driver who accelerates or brakes too quickly or takes a sharp turn. Hand valve use can also cause the truck to swerve.

 

Neglecting necessary maintenance on different parts of the truck can also lead to jackknifing. Operators who do not keep tires properly inflated or maintained can end up in an accident. Poorly balanced or unsecured loads can also shift the weight and cause the truck to swerve. This information is intended for your education, but should not be taken as legal advice.

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