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Philadelphia Truck Jackknife Accident Lawyer
You may have heard of the term “jackknifed truck,” but may not know exactly what it means. Chances are that you have at least seen a jackknifed truck on the road or read a story in the news involving a jackknifed truck. So, what is exactly a jackknife truck accident?
In short, jackknifing occurs when a trailer bends or folds up on the vehicle pulling it, similar to the shape of a jackknife. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 10% of all truck fatalities involve a situation with a jackknifing truck. Approximately 90% of jackknifing accidents involve a tractor pulling a single trailer. Only 4% of combination truck non-occupant fatalities are connected with a jackknife situation. And of these jackknife fatalities, 83% involved a combination truck with a single trailer.According to a report from the NHTSA, as the weight of the large truck and its cargo increases, the odds of a rollover increase, but the odds of a jackknife decrease.