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Las Vegas Jackknife Brake Accidents

jackknife brake accidentsJackknife brake accidents happen to vehicles that are towing a trailer, such as semi-trucks, non-commercial trucks with hitches, vans, vehicles with boat trailers, etc. The Las Vegas law offices of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith represent people who are injured in jackknife brake accidents, helping individuals and families restore their lives after these horrific accidents.

Causes of Jackknife Brake Accidents

Jackknife brake accidents can be caused by:

  • Skidding
  • Equipment failure (e.g., the drive-axle brakes lock up)
  • Incorrect use of the brakes
  • Dangerous road conditions (such as slippery snow, ice)
  • Driver error

Jackknife brake accidents usually happen when a truck approaches a slick spot on a roadway and the truck’s wheels lock. The driver may lose control and the truck may skid, with the trailer swinging outward to one side. When the trailer swings outward, it may hit nearby vehicles — and with devastating consequences for those involved. These truck accidents often result in severe injuries such as fractures, broken bones, brain damage, paralysis, and even death.

Rollover Risk

When a truck jackknifes, it is also at risk of rolling over, even if it’s moving at speeds as slow as 5 mph. Jackknifing and rolling are possible whether the trailer is empty or full. If the trailer’s cargo comes loose or falls apart in a rollover, the potential damage and injuries can be even greater.

Talk to a Lawyer at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith

If you’ve been injured in a jackknife brake accident, or if your loved one was killed in such a tragic accident, schedule a private consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer at our Las Vegas office.

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