When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, crashes involving commercial trucks are particularly catastrophic. Injuries can be traumatic, requiring long-term rehabilitation. Many victims are permanently disabled. Tragically, countless lose their lives.
The Department of Transportation reported 4,444 fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2020.
Factors surrounding collisions
The size and weight of trucks alone increase the chance of injuries. A variety of factors surrounding crashes reveal significantly more severity than other traffic accidents.:
- Truck drivers sit higher than standard cars, limiting both visibility and control when drivers discover an oncoming accident
- The sheer force of the impact of an eighteen-wheeler hitting a much smaller car can lead to severe injuries to the brain and spine
- Trucks that carry hazardous and flammable materials are clear and present dangers and increase the chance of fire that only had to the severity of serious injuries
Another significant factor in truck accidents involves long-haulers driving their vehicles for long periods. Some drivers experience fatigue. Others operate under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The aftermath of an accident
Confusion and pain set in during the first hours post-collision. While those in a smaller vehicle deal with the pain and suffering post-crash, truckers, in particular, are concerned that their ability to make a living is put in question. Whether they were injured or their trucks were damaged in a collision, they face an uncertain future.
Unlike other accidents, truck crashes represent more complicated legal cases. The growing sophistication of semi-truck technology can help paint a picture of what exactly happened in the moments before, during, and after a collision.
The slightest negligence act carries catastrophic consequences. Help from a personal injury attorney represents an important step in securing the compensation you deserve.