Large semi-trucks carry consumer goods from coast to coast every day. They are a common sight on roadways across America. However, these large trucks are involved in thousands of motor vehicle accidents every year. Because of their massive size, large semi-trucks traveling at high speeds carry tremendous momentum, and a collision can have catastrophic consequences to victims in smaller passenger vehicles.
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Injuries from Truck Accidents
Every 16 minutes in the United States, a person is injured or killed in a truck accident. A 3,000-pound passenger vehicle is no match for an 80,000-pound semi-truck. Cars and SUVs are designed to withstand motor vehicle crashes with similar-sized vehicles, not trucks that may be more than 20 times larger.
Therefore, truck accident victims are more likely to sustain severe injuries. Several typical semi-truck accident injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Neck and spinal cord injures
- Wrongful death
Reasons for Truck Accidents
There are a number of factors that can result in a truck accident, from debris on the road to a sharp turn. Here are the more common reasons for semi-truck accidents:
- Driver fatigue: this is one of the number one causes for accidents. Trucker fatigue often leads to unsafe driving behavior, such as unsafe lane changing, swerving, and running off the road.
- Unrealistic driver schedules: because the trucking industry is so competitive, truck companies know they can set unrealistic schedules, because drivers will accept it. However, these schedules can be very dangerous as drivers are often traveling at high speeds, driving while too fatigued or while under the influence of stimulants (both legal and/or illegal).
- Improper truck maintenance: trucking companies must properly maintain their trucks and drivers are required to inspect their rigs before they leave for a delivery. If a driver fails to check their brakes, lights, and emergency equipment, it can lead to a catastrophic collision.
- Overloading cargo: trucks that are overloaded require longer stopping distances. Overloading can result in brake failure, or even a rollover accident. Overloaded cargo can also cause tires to blowout, which can lead to a loss of control leading to an accident in a more subtle manner.
Other reasons for truck accidents, at the fault of the truck driver or passenger vehicle driver include:
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to yield
- Inclement weather (wet or icy roads, fog, snow, dust or high winds)
- Defective roadways
- Road debris or other obstructions
Please read our article on Truck Accidents & Insurance Issues.
For more information, see our Truck Accident Questions.
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