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Why Semi-Truck Accidents Are Often Deadlier: An Insight



September 13, 2023

Why Semi-Truck Accidents Are Often Deadlier: An Insight

Why Semi-Truck Accidents Are Often Deadlier: An Insight

It’s an unfortunate reality that accidents involving semi-trucks often result in severe injuries or fatalities. The consequences of these accidents can far surpass those of other traffic incidents, and understanding why is crucial for all road users. This post will discuss some of the causes behind the deadliness of semi-truck accidents and highlight the importance of seeking professional legal help if you find yourself a victim of such an incident.

Size and Weight of Trucks

Semi-trucks are colossal machines that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Compare that to the average weight of a car, which is about 4,000 pounds, and you can see why passenger vehicles often sustain catastrophic damage in truck accidents. Even without a trailer attached, the cab and engine of semi-trucks can weigh over 10,000 pounds. This enormous disparity in size and weight means that any collision between a truck and a smaller vehicle often results in catastrophic damage. According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), large trucks were involved in 11% of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2021, and 96% of fatalities in those accidents involved people in the passenger car, not the semi-truck. When a semi-truck collides with a car, it’s the car and its occupants who bear the brunt of the impact.

Sleep-Deprived Drivers

Another factor contributing to the severity of semi-truck accidents is driver fatigue. Truck drivers are often required to remain behind the wheel for long hours, covering vast distances. These demanding schedules can lead to sleep deprivation, decreased alertness, and slowed reaction times. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board found that fatigue was a contributing factor in about 30% of heavy truck accidents.

Higher Speeds on Expressways

Semi-trucks are often driven on expressways and highways, where higher speeds are allowed. Unfortunately, at these high speeds, any accident can be significantly more dangerous. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety noted that 26% of large truck crash deaths occurred on interstates and freeways.

Serious Injuries Deserve Strong Legal Representation

The size and weight of trucks, coupled with sleep-deprived drivers and higher speeds on expressways, often make semi-truck accidents particularly lethal. It’s a sobering reminder of the dangers posed by these large vehicles and the importance of safe driving practices.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a semi-truck accident, it’s crucial to seek legal assistance. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and losses, but negotiating with the insurance company on your own can be difficult. An experienced attorney who handles semi-truck accident cases can help you identify who the liable parties are in the accident, determine the value of your claim, and gather evidence and witness statements to support your case. With a lawyer on your side, your chances of receiving fair compensation will be increased.

The law firm of Clark Frost Zucchi is dedicated to resolving personal injury claims and can provide the support and guidance you need during this challenging time. Contact us today to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.

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