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About Jackknifing Accidents

A jackknifing accident occurs when a vehicle is towing something behind it and the connecting axle bends, causing the towed item to swerve behind the vehicle. It received its name because the motion of the trailer bending and colliding with the side of the vehicle resembles a knife being folded. This type of accident most commonly happens to semi-trailer trucks. Unfortunately, this kind of accident can be extremely dangerous. It affects the towing vehicle, the cars in the lane behind it, and also the cars in the lane next to it.

If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered property damage in a jackknifing accident, you may want to pursue legal action. You could be eligible for financial compensation for your medical expenses, property repair, or pain and suffering. Call a Milwaukee car accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case.

Preventing Jackknifing Accidents

The owner of a vehicle is responsible for ensuring that it is safe to drive. This means that any person driving a vehicle prone to jackknifing should take proper precautions to prevent this dangerous accident from occurring. Some ways a driver of a vehicle may try to prevent jackknifing accidents include:

  • Driving cautiously, especially in wet or slippery conditions
  • Avoiding sharp turns
  • Installing a special trailer “angle-locking” device
  • Using anti-lock brakes

If the owner and operator of the vehicle fail to take precautions to prevent jackknifing accidents, they could be legally responsible if an accident occurs.

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Begin learning your legal rights and how you may be able to obtain compensation by talking to a dedicated Milwaukee car accident lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Call us at 800-242-2874.

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