Jackknife Trucking Accident Lawyers — Serving Missouri Victims

Jackknifing is a common trucking accident term that refers to the dangerous situation when a semi-tractor trailer or 18-wheeler skids, causing the trailer to swing out to one side forming an angle that resembles the angle that the blade of a jackknife forms with its protective handle. If a truck jackknifes with any speed, there is a high likelihood of a rollover accident. Generally, jackknifing occurs when the truck's drive wheels lock up during wet or slippery conditions. While jackknifing can be caused by slippery road conditions, often jackknife trucking accidents are the result of negligence by the truck driver. If you have been injured in a jackknife accident, contact Terrell Law Office, LLC. Our trucking accident lawyers — serving Jefferson City, Republic, and Missouri victims statewide — can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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What Causes a Truck to Jackknife?

Generally, 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.

  • The driver can lock the steering axle brakes, causing the rig to move straight ahead regardless of wheel angle.
  • The driver can lock the drive axles. Locking the drive axles commonly results in jackknife accidents.
  • The driver can lock the trailer axles, causing the driver to lose directional control.

At Terrell Law Office, LLC, our trucking accident lawyers — serving jackknife victims throughout Republic, Jefferson City, and Missouri — understand that potential outcomes depend upon the driver's actions at this moment. Locking the steering axles clearly produces the most desirable outcome. Although the driver will not be able to steer the tractor, the truck and trailer will travel a straight, predictable path.

If a trucking accident is caused by the driver locking the drive axles, he or she may be guilty of negligence. Contact our trucking accident lawyers if you have been injured in a jackknife accident. Our Republic and Jefferson City, Missouri-area attorneys work with truck accident experts while investigating your claim. The expert lawyers at Terrell Law Office, LLC have the experience and know-how to get the compensation you deserve.

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How Truck Drivers Can Avoid Jackknifing

Our trucking accident lawyers — serving victims of jackknife accidents from Republic, Jefferson City, and across Missouri — have learned that most jackknife accidents can typically be avoided by prudent braking. Truck drivers can avoid jackknifing by:

  • Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles on the road (especially in wet or slippery conditions).
  • Not decelerating at turns or bends. The driver should brake in a straight line prior to the turn. Speed can be increased after the turn is completed.
  • Spreading braking over the longest distance possible.
  • Not braking and swerving during evasive actions. If possible, the truck driver should brake first, release the brakes, swerve, and then reapply the brakes.
  • When the tractor is skidding, the truck driver should release the brakes and steer into the skid before the skid causes the truck to jackknife.

Our trucking accident lawyers serve the victims of jackknife accidents. If you have been injured in a jackknife accident, or have lost a loved one to a fatal wreck, contact our Republic office today. Terrell Law Office, LLC serves victims from Jefferson City, Columbia, and throughout Missouri.

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Contact Our Trucking Accident Lawyers – Jefferson City, Republic, Missouri

The trucking accident lawyers at Terrell Law Office, LLC often recruit the services of the area's top truck accident experts when representing jackknife victims. Proving driver negligence requires an experienced, skilled attorney. Our trial lawyers have successfully obtained substantial cash awards both in an out of court for jackknife accident victims. If you have been injured in a jackknife accident, contact our trucking accident lawyers — serving Jefferson City, Republic, and Missouri — and arrange a consultation. If you have lost a family member as the result of a jackknife accident, you may be eligible to file a trucking wrongful death claim.

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Contact our trucking accident lawyers if you or a loved one has been injured in a jackknife accident. Serving Jefferson City, Republic, and Missouri victims statewide, Terrell Law Office, LLC can help you get the compensation you are entitled.






Terrell Law Office, LLC

Republic Office
283 Hwy 60 West
Republic, Missouri 65738
(in the Southwest Plaza Shopping Center near the Driver's License Office)
Phone: (417) 647-2212
Fax: (417) 647-2156

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