Jackknife Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Manhattan

Posted on February 9, 2019 in

While all roadway accidents involving tractor-trailers can be dangerous, few are as frightening as a jackknife big-rig crash. In this scenario, the trailer and the cab (the part where the driver sits) are facing different directions and the big-rig may even flip over.

When a tractor-trailer is stretched out over the roadway, there is a limited amount of time to react and the potential for multi-car pile-ups and rear end accidents is significant.

What is a Jackknife Accident?

Many times you may sit in traffic for very long periods of time before eventually coming across the jackknifed big rig sprawling across the roadway. Other times, you may actually see it happen – and it is surreal. You have to pinch yourself to ensure you’re not just having a bad nightmare!

An eighteen-wheeler ahead of you veers to the left, swerves to the right and then in a flash, flips and lays on its side covering many, if not all, lanes of traffic.  So how does this even happen?

What Causes a Tractor-Trailer to Jackknife?

Catastrophic Injuries Can Result From Jackknife Accidents

If you’re involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer that jackknifed, your injuries may include spinal injuries, broken bones requiring surgery, traumatic brain injuries and scarring. Fatalities are seen more often in jackknife accidents than in other roadway crashes.

It’s not always straightforward where liability lies in a big-rig accident. The driver may have violated traffic laws or have been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The trucking company may even be at fault for not properly training the rig operator or requiring excessive hours of driving, or a defective part may have caused the accident.

If you were involved in an accident involving a big-rig 18-wheeler, contact Manhattan Jackknife Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer, Michael J. Redenburg at 212-518-2095 or go online.

Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C.

In over a decade of legal practice, Attorney Michael Redenburg began his career defending cases for the clients of insurance companies. Initially defending no-fault claims at a Long Island-based law firm, he then moved on to a Manhattan-based firm where he defended the clients of insurance carriers in auto accident and premises liability matters.

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