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Rhode Island Truck Accident | “Jackknife Accidents”

(This is an excellent Personal Injury  Article by author Sara Goldstein. This article is approved by Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100)

Jackknife Accidents

Jackknife accidents are among the most common for semi-truck drivers. When the trailer of a truck folds at an angle that resembles a closing pocketknife, the resulting impacts for other vehicles can be catastrophic.

There are several causes for jackknife truck accidents including:

  • Equipment failure
  • Improperly weighed loads
  • Driver miscalculation
  • Improper breaking
  • Faulty roadways
  • Weather conditions

No matter the cause, a jackknifed trailer provides the potential for serious injury and multiple vehicle accidents.

Potential Injuries with a Jackknifed Truck

Depending on the speed at the time of impact and the location of the impact, there are several opportunities for serious injury in a jackknife accident. A head-on impact or a side impact from a fishtailing trailer can cause injuries such as:

  • Disfigurement
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Death

These injuries will all result in unexpected medical bills. More serious injuries may result in a lifetime of physical and emotional suffering. In addition, these injuries can impact your ability to work and provide for your family. In severe cases, they can take a loved one away from you.

Determining fault in these accidents can be very difficult. Depending on the cause of the accident, the trucker, the company he works for, or even government entities may be responsible for your injuries. There will be insurance companies and attorneys working tirelessly for the trucker and his employer to ensure you are given as little compensation as possible.

The impact these accidents can have on you and your family can be devastating. Your compensation should never be left up to people whose best interest is in minimizing your damages. It is important to have an experienced Missouri trucking accident attorney on your side to help you get the full compensation you are due.


When you are injured in a jackknife accident, you have a right to seek compensation for all of your losses. These losses may include a diminished capacity to work, medical expenses, or, in the case of death, loss of companionship. Without a personal injury attorney on your side, you may only be offered a settlement that does not adequately cover all of your current and future expenses.

Sara GoldsteinAbout the Author:
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a jackknifed truck in or around St. Louis, Kansas City, or Jefferson City, Missouri, please visit the website of the experienced trucking accident attorneys at the Bradley Law Firm to see how we can help you get the full compensation you deserve.


Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.

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