Jackknife Truck Accidents
While the oil and gas industry boom in Texas brought much-needed relief to the state’s economy during the dark years of the recession, the boom additionally brought with it hazards of other kinds: increased prevalence of truck accidents due to oil field service equipment. Most companies need a way in which to transport their products and equipment into and out of oil fields. The exponential rise in activity throughout Texas therefore led to an increased number of heavy trucks on the roads, and subsequently has led to an increased number of heavy truck accidents. Out of these accidents, many can be attributed to “jackknife” accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in a jackknife truck accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiled a study of fatal large truck crashes in 2003, noting that a speed limit greater than 55 mph, poor weather, and a curved road significantly increase the likelihood of a jackknife accident for large trucks. Additionally, as the length of a large truck increases, the odds of a jackknife accident also increase. Nearly 85 percent of all jackknife fatal accidents involved a combination truck with a single trailer, with studies indicating that as the total trailer weight decreases, the probability of a jackknife increases. The study concluded by noting that the majority of all fatal large truck accidents occurred on non-divided 2-lane roadways (and not interstates or major roads). Texas has firsthand knowledge of this conclusion, as many of the increased number of fatal truck accidents occur in rural parts of the state, at a rate of 3 to 1.
Jackknife Accident Recovery
The severity of jackknife truck accidents often leads to devastating injuries, such as:
These injuries can take months or even years to recovery from, and may significantly alter your existing quality of life. As the victim of a jackknife truck accident, you are entitled to bring a claim against the responsible driver (or driver’s company) for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident occurs to discuss the facts of your claim. The responsible party’s insurance company will likely try to settle with you shortly after the accident occurs, although you should refrain from speaking with the insurance company until you have spoken with an attorney.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a jackknife truck accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting his clients with their claims stemming from severe jackknife truck accidents and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Jackknife truck accidents are terrifying accidents with devastating results. Contact our Houston or Beaumont offices today for your initial free consultation.