Accidents that take place because of jackknifing can be devastating. The size difference between 18 wheelers and passenger vehicles often means that those in the passenger vehicles may be seriously injured or even die. Thankfully, jackknifing is not inevitable. There are steps Texas drivers can take to prevent jackknifing, both in 18 wheelers and trucks that are carrying boats and other loads.
In cases where jackknifing is to blame for accidents, it is common to see that the trailers of the trucks were empty. Light trailers do not create as much friction with the road as heavy trailers. When a truck driver is pulling an empty trailer, they must be careful and constantly watch for trailer swing.
No matter if the trailer is full or empty, proper braking techniques are essential in avoiding jackknifing. It is best to decelerate slowly on long stretches of road before arriving at a bend or curve. This will allow them to turn more slowly and avoid braking during the turn. It is best to keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road, which can prevent situations where hard braking would be necessary. In emergencies, it is best to avoid braking and swerving at the same moment. A good tactic to try would be braking, letting up on the brake, swerving, and then pushing on the brake again.
Drivers who will use smaller trucks to tow a boat or other load should learn how to properly balance the trailer to avoid jackknifing situations. They also need to be careful when backing up since this can lead to jackknifing.
Serious injury can occur in truck accidents caused by jackknifing. When a person is the victim of such an accident, they may want to speak with an attorney. An attorney might examine the situation and let a person know how they could go about getting compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses and more. The lawyer may be able to represent an accident victim in court if it is necessary.