Big Rig Collision Sacramento


Big Rig Collision Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. A big rig jackknifed during the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The big rig collision caused traffic to snarl up from Sacramento to Rancho Cordova.

What Happened?

A big rig driver was traveling westbound along Highway 50 in the vicinity of Watt Avenue at about 4:45 am. For unknown reasons, the big rig crashed into a pickup truck and jackknifed after colliding into the center divider. Two vehicles were involved in the big rig collision.

The impact of the collision caused the front end of the big rig to completely turn around, leaving the engine exposed. The pickup truck sustained moderate damage but was able to drive away from the scene.

What Caused the Big Rig Collision?

It is still too soon to determine a cause of the big rig collision. Authorities generally take up to two weeks to process a Traffic Collision Report. Heavy rainfall was reported during the early morning hours which may have contributed to the collision.

Were There Any Injuries?

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), there were no injuries reported from either party.

Big Rig Collision Causes Traffic Mayhem

It was reported that the big rig collision caused traffic to back up during the 7:00 am hour from Watt Avenue to Zinfandel Drive in Rancho Cordova.

Trucking Accidents Related to Jackknifing

Accidents involving large trucks jackknifing can be caused by a number of different factors. Jackknifing typically happens when a truck driver suddenly applies the brakes, specifically when traveling at a high rate of speed. The whole truck and its trailer can skid when sudden braking occurs, which can lead to jackknifing. The complex braking system in a large commercial truck is very different than the brakes of a passenger vehicle. There are three different braking components of a truck. When braking is suddenly applied to avoid crashing into another vehicle, the truck can become difficult to maneuver, some wheels can lock and others do not, all of which can lead to jackknifing. Jackknifing can also be caused by mechanical or equipment failure, driving around a curve too quickly and inclement weather conditions. It is best to consult with an experienced trucking accident lawyer if seriously injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck.

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