Interstate 10 is the 4th longest interstate highway in the United States and is only shorter than I -90, I -80 and I -40. Interstate 10 runs from coast-to-coast and stretches from Santa Monica, California to Jacksonville, Florida and it is one of the highways in Texas that sees the most tractor-trailer truck accidents.
Interstate 10 in Texas runs from the state line with New Mexico all the way through date, and Beaumont Texas to the Louisiana border. In Houston, the interstate highway is called the Katy Freeway. The Katy Freeway has recently been widened to as many as 26 lanes and is one of the highest traveled highways in the country.
On portions of the Interstate 10 in Texas, the posted speed limits have been increased as of September, 2011 to 85 mph. This is not a good situation for a highway so traveled by big rigs. In fact, speed or speeding trucks are generally one of the more prevalent factors in a serious injury or wrongful death accident.
Often, speed can play a factor in an 18-wheeler accident when the tractor begins traveling at a rate of speed different from the trailer. After a certain point or a “point of no return” a big rig will jackknife if the tractor and trailer speeds are sufficiently different to preclude the truck driver from maintaining control of the vehicle. This type of accident–called a jackknife accident usually happens when a truck driver inputs excessive steering or there is a disparity in the breaking between the tractor and the trailer.
Large Number of Trucks on I-10
Interstate 10 in Texas has a large number of semi truck accidents in part due to the high speed limits and in part due to the sheer number of tractor-trailers traveling on I -10 on a daily basis. I-10 is rated as one of the most dangerous highways in Texas. A good portion of fatal accidents on I-10 involve big rigs.
If you are loved one has been involved in a tractor trailer accident on Interstate 10, or other highway in Texas contact the truck accident lawyers in Texas at the Baumgartner law firm for a no obligation consultation on a serious injury or wrongful death truck accident in Houston or across the state of Texas.