Truck accidents and stories of how they occurred often appear in the news. One reason is that they are often so devastating, resulting in damage to multiple vehicles. The collisions somehow seem even worse than accidents between automobiles. Even worse, there are often serious injuries and fatalities. We will look at the reasons behind truck collisions and why the damage is usually so extreme.
Some reasons behind crashes involving tractor-trailers are the same as those behind other vehicle accidents. However, some reasons are specific to truck drivers and their equipment:
The vehicle itself also causes some of the devastation that occurs as a result of truck accidents.
Of course, speed and distracted driving cause a lot of accidents. But why are truck accidents more serious than most automobile accidents? Some of the main reasons have to do with the trucks themselves.
Weight. The average tractor-trailer is much larger than an automobile. In fact, trucks can be 20 to 30 times heavier than cars. In a battle between a semi and a Saturn, the truck will win.
Maneuverability. It is typically far more difficult to navigate traffic when driving a 50-70 foot long vehicle.
Blind Spots. Truck drivers have to deal with significant blind spots. When automobiles linger in these blind spots, they might be sideswiped.
Height. Taller vehicles like tractor-trailers are vulnerable to tipping over. Sometimes it’s because of the truck’s center of gravity, but wind gusts can cause accidents also.
Stopping Distance. Road conditions and weight can affect stopping distance. But it can take the length of two football fields for a truck to come to a complete stop. This fact means that many truck accidents happen before the truck’s speed has slowed. A collision could have devastating effects.
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