How does a truck jackknife?

When Georgia residents like you hit the road, you expect to get to your destination safely. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, and trucks being thrown into the mix can easily add an extra level of danger that could end up harming you and other drivers on the road. 

Defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as a a scenario in which the truck’s tractor and trailer end up bent at a ninety degree angle or smaller, jackknifing involves the trailer itself moving so that it is nearly parallel to the tractor. Due to the length of most trailers on large trucks, the path that it takes can potentially end up sweeping over multiple lanes of the freeway. Not only does this risk hitting other vehicles in its path, but it can cause a significant back-up that may result in other crashes as cars fail to brake in time. 

Jackknifing can happen for a number of reasons, most stemming from the possibility of human error. For example, if a truck’s tires have not been properly maintained, they may not be able to keep the grip on the road that they should have. This can cause the trailer to swing. Likewise, truck trailers must be loaded very carefully. If the weight balance of the load is not distributed properly, then even an action as simple as taking a turn could be enough to send the trailer sliding. 

Because of these dangers, trucks can potentially end up harming other vehicles on the road. It is important to know how dangerous jackknifing can be before doing anything. 

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