Semi-trucks that have a cab and a trailer are at risk of being involved in a jackknife accident. Jackknifing happens when the cab and trailer of a semi-truck fold into an acute angle with each other. Read on to learn more about why jackknife accidents happen and how they can be avoided.
There are many reasons why jackknife accidents happen. However, driving behaviors such as driver fatigue, distracted driving (texting or talking on the phone), and speeding can be avoided when abiding by road rules. The following are some things that can contribute to jackknife accidents that may be out of a truck driver’s control, especially if they are inexperienced:
Thankfully, advances in technology can mitigate the risk of jackknife accidents for large semi-trucks. For example, as of August 1, 2019, electronic stability control (ESC) devices must be equipped on all new truck tractors and buses. This safety device intervenes when a truck becomes unstable and could potentially cause a jackknife, rollover, or loss of vehicle control. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that ESC can prevent or mitigate the severity of large truck crashes by 31,000 each year.
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