Commercial trucks, on average, are 61 feet long and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when the trailer is full. The average passenger vehicle is 15 feet in length and 4,500 pounds. As you can see, the significant contrast in size and weight can cause serious damages to the smaller vehicle upon impact.
The Department of Transportation has stated that there are over 11 million registered semi-trucks in the United States, and that at any given time of the day or night, there are at least 3.5 million of them operating on the roads. These large trucks present a danger to all other vehicles on the rad due to their size.
Trucking Accidents Are Often Catastrophic
When a passenger vehicle has an accident with a large truck, the resulting injuries are often catastrophic for the people in the smaller vehicle. Injuries associated with these types of accidents include:
• Severe neck and spine injuries
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Compound fractures
• Severe lacerations
• Internal organ damage
Victims of a trucking accident usually require extensive, and sometimes life long, medical care to recover from their injuries.
Trucking Accidents Are Handled Differently Than Car Accidents
Operation of a commercial truck is covered under state and federal laws. If you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck, you will need to work with an attorney who is familiar with all the laws and regulations surrounding the trucking industry.
There may be multiple parties responsible for the trucking accident, and it is important to work with a law firm that has the capabilities to seek out the information necessary to determine which parties were at fault and are responsible for this catastrophic event.
Trucking accidents are always serious. Drivers of both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles should take great care to share the road safely. However, when an accident does occur, it is the right of the victim to seek out fair and complete compensation for their injuries and the losses they have received.