When trucks attempt to stop quickly on Ohio roads and highways, there is a potential for jackknifing. This occurs when the cab attempts to stop but the trailer wheels lose traction, causing the trailer to swing out from behind the cab. This can potentially result in a serious accident, especially on dangerous, crowded roads. However, there ways truckers can prevent jackknifing.
Trailers are more likely to jackknife when they are empty or if they have weight unevenly distributed inside. Keeping this in mind, truck drivers should be keeping an eye on their trailers at all times. If they see their trailer starting to jackknife, it is likely that they are braking too fast. Taking the foot off the brake can allow the trailer's wheels to begin spinning again and the trailer should straighten out. If it was a sudden acceleration that caused the slight jackknifing, slowing the vehicle down can help get the wheels moving.
Some trucks may be equipped with anti-jackknife technology to prevent these types of accidents. Anti-lock brakes prevent the cab's wheels from locking and allows the driver to maintain their steering. Some trucks also have a device called a fifth wheel that prevents the trailer and the cab from folding too far. However, this can be problematic as trucks must be able to make sharp right-hand turns.
When a big rig becomes involved in an accident with other vehicles, it is likely that those involved will suffer serious injuries. If it can be demonstrated that the accident was caused by the negligence of the truck driver, a personal injury attorney might assist an injured victim in seeking compensation from both the driver and the trucking company itself for the damages that have been sustained.