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Jack Knifed


LawnSite Platinum Member
I was at a friends house, when the contractor who is working at the house, pulled up. The left rear side of his pick-up bed was smashed and his dump trailer's hydrallics box was also crushed and leaking. Some how on wet leaves, and at low speed, he jack knifed. His other work truck was in an accident 2 weeks earlier, so he said that he wont be filing an insurance claim for the jack knife accident.

John DiMartino

LawnSite Silver Member
I dont blame him for not turning it in,jacknife on wet leaves?almost always drivers going to fasts for conditions,and/or has no trailer brakes,or not correctly adjusted.If the trailer's brakes were adjusted right,the trailer wouldnt have pushed on the rear of the truck so much.The only other thing that could have affected the jackknife is to light tongue weight,that is usually because of to small tow vehicle,this snowballs when they load the trailer towards the rear so that the rear bumper doesnt drag on the ground,when they do this handling becomes dangerous with vey little rear axle weight,there isnt much control over the trailer tongue when making turns.