A jackknife is a pocket knife that has one or more blades that fold inside the handle. A trucker’s nightmare is when the term “jackknife” takes on an entirely different meaning.

When the driver of a tractor trailer loses control of their big rig, the vehicle can jackknife, or fold into itself. Jackknifing occurs when the tractor or trailer wheels lock. This causes the sliding wheels to lose friction and swing the trailer around sideways. If you’ve ever witnessed a jackknifing trucking accident, then you would see how the shape resembles an “L”, “V”, or rather, a jackknife.

South Florida jackknifing accidents wreak havoc not only on the truck driver, but also any and all surrounding fellow commuters. Although jackknifing can occur at any relative speed, the accident doesn’t allow needed response time by other drivers. Because of the size and weight of the big rig, jackknifing accidents typically swing around, running perpendicular into the flow of traffic, causing multiple accidents, injuries, and even fatalities.

Floridians injured from jackknifing trucking accidents don’t realize that they are eligible for compensation. If you have sustained a jackknifing trucking injury you are more than likely eligible for financial recovery from your devastating loss. When a truck driver loses control of his rig, it is considered negligence. Whether the negligence is in part due to the driver’s fault, or the manufacturing of the vehicle, they are held responsible to cover accident-related expenses.

If you have been injured in a Broward County jackknife trucking accident you need to talk to a jackknifing trucking accident attorney who can assist you in filing a successful claim.

Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call [number type=”2″] or[number type=”1″].