Jackknifed trucks present highway hazards

If you do any driving around the Houston Metro area, you will be in proximity to many 18-wheelers. These big rigs move cargo from our ports to warehouses and retail outlets across the United States.

We need trucks to keep our shelves and refrigerators well-stocked. But these highway behemoths also pose many dangers that cars and other passenger vehicles do not. Below is some information about one safety risk semitruck drivers pose to other motorists on the interstates.

Jackknifing occurs often in winter

Texas residents have been pummeled by storms already this year – and more are sure to follow. Icy road conditions enhance the risk of jackknife accidents. But what does that really mean?

A big rig is said to be jackknifed when its cab and trailer shift and face different directions, much like the “V” shape of an open pocketknife. Snow, sleet and ice create the perfect storm of conditions for a semitruck to jackknife.

But it is a year-round hazard

Don’t think that jackknifing only occurs in wintry weather conditions. Truck drivers face this risk year-round, as all it takes for a truck to jackknife is a slippery road surface and a bad set of tires. While jackknifing puts the trucker at risk, the greatest risk is to the other drivers near the wrecked big rig on the highway.

Injuries and deaths are quite common

A jackknifed 18-wheeler can slide across and block multiple lanes of fast-moving traffic. Even if you survive the initial crash impact, you could be left with life-altering injuries that rob you of the ability to earn a living and support your family.

Filing a claim for damages provides you with a path to civil justice after a jackknife truck accident.