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Why are truck accidents so serious?

On Behalf of | Feb 9, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Commercial Vehicle Accidents |

Truck accidents are among the most serious types of vehicular accidents due to various factors that contribute to their severity.

Knowing these factors is important to protect yourself and others. The reasons truck accidents can be so serious are found here.

Size and weight disparity

The size and weight of large trucks is one of the most common factors contributing to accidents. Trucks, especially large tractor-trailers, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, making them several times heavier than passenger cars. When a collision occurs between a truck and a smaller vehicle, the force exerted by the truck can cause catastrophic damage and injuries.

Increased stopping distance

Trucks require much longer stopping distances compared to smaller vehicles due to their size and weight. This extended stopping distance poses a significant risk, especially in situations where sudden braking is necessary, such as in heavy traffic or adverse weather conditions. Failure to stop in time can result in rear-end collisions or multi-vehicle pileups, exacerbating the severity of the accident.

Limited maneuverability

Trucks have limited maneuverability, particularly in tight spaces or when navigating sharp turns. Drivers must exercise caution and skill when maneuvering their vehicles to avoid collisions. However, factors such as driver fatigue, distraction or inexperience can compromise a truck driver’s ability to navigate safely, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

The severity of truck accidents stems from a combination of factors, including size and weight disparities, increased stopping distances and limited maneuverability. Addressing these factors through enhanced safety regulations, driver training programs and technological advancements can help mitigate the risks associated with truck accidents and improve road safety for all motorists. If you are involved in a truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation. Knowing your legal rights is imperative in this situation.