July 30, 2012
It goes without saying that accidents involving trucks inflict greater damage to life and property than regular motor vehicle accidents. While this may be somewhat of an obvious observation, there are specific reasons why truck accidents are considered much more dangerous to motor vehicle passengers. These include:
Higher Rates of Speed. The majority of truck accidents occur on our nation’s highway and as a result, happen at high rates of speed. With most US Interstates having an average speed limit of 70 mph, accidents involving trucks will have greater collision force, increasing the chances for injuries to vehicle occupants.
Weight. The weight for an eighteen wheeler can be up to 80,000 lbs. This does not even take into account any oversize or overweight permits that may be in place. In contrast, the average automobile on the road weighs in at roughly 5,000 lbs. The weight involved in truck accidents is a significant reason why damage and injuries in a truck accident can be so devastating.
Cargo. Eighteen-wheelers are designed to haul just about anything you can imagine….from lumber to food to livestock — even homes. Additionally, potentially hazardous cargo is transported everyday throughout the United States on the roadways (petroleum, gas, etc.). Because trucks are often loaded with these items, they can become flying missiles and major hazards during an accident.
Above are just a few of the reasons why truck accidents can be so devastating. In fact, recent data shows that approximately 100,000 people are injured in large truck or bus accidents on the roads each year. Nearly 5,000 of those lose their lives.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact the Truck Accident Lawyer Group today for a free and confidential consultation and we will determine the factors involved in your accident and whether or not the trucking company or its driver(s) were negligent in their responsibilities.