According to reporting from, an eighteen wheeler accident recently forced authorities to close the eastbound lane of Loop 1604. The highway remained closed for several hours. According to San Antonio Police, a truck was speeding and jackknifed as a result. The truck then smashed into the the median that divides the highway and was hit by two other vehicles. One woman was injured in the accident, and was taken to a local hospital. But, thankfully, her injuries were not reported as serious. When large commercial trucks speed, they put the safety of everyone at risk. If you were involved in an accident with a speeding truck, please contact an experienced San Antonio truck accident lawyer today.

Speeding Often Causes Jackknife Accidents

Speeding is dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that excessive speed is a factor in a disproportionate percentage of major highway accidents. The danger is heightened when a fully loaded eighteen wheeler is involved. These trucks often weigh in excess of 20,000 pounds. It is difficult enough to stop a large truck under any conditions. But, when eighteen wheelers travel in excess of the speed limit, they are at high risk of jackknife accidents. The term jackknifing refers to a scenario in which the trailer slides out from behind the truck and spins around to face backward. This will bring the truck to a violent and abrupt stop. This occurs because a speeding truck is often forced to brake quickly, and the trailer can start to slide. Jackknifing creates a very dangerous situation on Texas highways. It puts the safety of innocent Texans at risk. All truck drivers have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe speed when operating a truck. Further, trucking companies have an obligation to ensure that their drivers are properly trained so that speeding is avoided.

What Needs to be Proved in Truck Accident Cases

Generally, you will need to prove negligence to collect full and fair compensation in a Texas truck accident case. Speeding may be negligent, but how do you prove that a truck driver was speeding? This is a concern that many injured victims have after an accident. You may not even know for sure if the truck driver was actually speeding. Your lawyer will help by comprehensively investigating all aspects of your accident. All key evidence needs to be preserved and recovered. Increasingly, electronic data, stored on a truck’s black box, is the key to proving that a truck driver was speeding. Getting access to the electronic evidence is critical in speeding truck accident cases. It is your legal right to have that evidence. But, large truck companies, may try to block your access if they think they can get away with it. An experienced attorney can help.

Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos, P.C.

1844 Lockhill Selma Rd #102
San Antonio, TX 78213
Phone: (210) 308-8811