A tractor-trailer jackknifed and smashed into a taxi pushing it onto a sidewalk in midtown on Tuesday morning. The incident occurred at the intersection of E. 48th St. and Lexington Ave about 2 a.m. The big rig slid into a light pole and pushed the cab onto the sidewalk near the Radisson Hotel. The taxi driver had to be removed from the vehicle by emergency personnel and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the big rig sustained minor injuries and the passenger in the taxi was uninjured.
What is Jackknifing?
Jackknifing is when a truck or vehicle towing a trailer suddenly swings to the right or left side of a vehicle to form an angle of 90 degrees. Jackknifing accidents commonly occur when a truck or vehicle that is towing a trailer spins out of control due to an equipment failure, inappropriate braking, a flat tire, or dangerous road conditions caused by rain, black ice, or snow. Research indicates, that inexperienced drivers often cause a trailer to jack knife because they press their brakes to hard and fast which causes the trailer to swing out of control. Accidents involving tractor-trailers, big rigs, or jackknifed vehicles often lead to serious accidents and cause significant damages. Due to their larger size and heavier weight compared to other vehicles on the road, an accident involving a tractor-trailer or big rig usually leaves the people in the other vehicle with significant injuries. It is estimated that 13% of traffic fatalities in the USA are caused by collisions with large trucks and tractor-trailers.
What should I do if I’ve been in an accident with a large truck?
If you have been involved in a tractor-trailer accident, contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Jay S. Knispel, LLC for a free consultation at 212-564-2800. Their accident attorneys are dedicated to helping clients recover the maximum compensation possible for their pain and suffering. Serving clients in the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk.