How are truck accidents different from car accidents?
All serious car accident can be a stressful experience, but accidents involving large trucks can be particularly traumatic. Here are some of the main differences between truck accidents and car accidents.
First and foremost, trucks are bigger and weigh more, which means that when involved in an accident, they causes more damage than a passenger car in the same type of accident. In most situations, injuries sustained after a truck accident are more serious or catastrophic and can be permanent or long-lasting. Additionally, truck accidents often involve multiple parties, making it difficult to resolve your claim. Speaking with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a truck accident is always a good idea. And it’s something you can do to protect your family and give them peace of mind from financial worries.
Trucks have certain features that put them at a higher risk of an accident, simply because of the way they are designed. Here are the most notable.
Lack of visibility
The size of a large truck reduces the driver’s visibility of the road and other vehicles, making it one of the leading causes of truck accidents. This is particularly relevant in wide cornering accidents. Maneuvering a large vehicle in any type of traffic takes skill, practice and an ability to correctly judge space and distance. Underestimating the amount of room needed to make a turn can lead to property damage, but driving too fast in a wide turn can cause the truck to tip over, the wheels lose contact with the road, causing the driver to loses control of the vehicle.
Trucks also have much larger blind spots where the driver cannot see if a person, another vehicle, or an object is next to the truck. If the truck driver cannot see the other car and its passengers, he can easily run over the smaller, lighter vehicle when turning or changing lanes, or he can force the car off the road, causing serious damage and injury.
Everyone knows that it takes longer and longer for a truck to stop than a car traveling at the same speed. For example, a truck traveling at 5 km/h on dry pavement will take 2 to 3 seconds longer to stop than a passenger car. Therefore, the truck would travel an additional 125 feet before it could stop. Considering that the average length of a 4-way intersection is about 50 feet, this truck would easily travel at least the length of two intersections more than a passenger car. The truck’s speed at impact would be far greater than the speed of a car, and when a heavier, faster-traveling object hits a smaller, slower object, the damage can be catastrophic.
This is particularly relevant in frontal collisions and accidents at intersections. A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles are traveling in a straight line towards each other and collide. The results can be devastating, with serious or catastrophic injuries, deaths and massive property damage.
Accidents at intersections often result in a T-impact and can be caused by drivers failing to obey traffic laws that protect other drivers and pedestrians. When a large truck is involved in this type of collision, the struck car can be thrown into other vehicles, causing crashes involving multiple cars, or into other objects or pedestrians. If a trucker speeds through an intersection or runs a red light, the inability to stop quickly can have traumatic consequences. The driver is most certainly negligent in this situation, and his behavior could easily amount to gross negligence. If you have been involved in this type of accident, you should contact us today to discuss whether you have a claim for gross negligence.
Severity of injuries
The other key difference between truck accidents and car accidents is the severity of injuries sustained by those involved. Any car accident has the potential to cause serious injury, however, injuries sustained as a result of a truck accident can be classified as catastrophic.
Catastrophic injuries include:
- spinal cord injury
- traumatic brain injury
- loss of a limb
- severe burns
- significant disfigurement and scarring
- a long-term or permanent disability that significantly interferes with life and the ability to work, and
- anyone requiring intensive medical treatment and/or long-term care.
Fast Facts About Truck Accident Fatalities
- A total of People died 4,965 in large truck accidents in 2020
- The number of deaths decreased by 1% compared to 2019
- However, overall it has increased by 31% since 2011
The majority of fatalities in truck accidents are:
o Occupants of the other vehicle – 71%
o Truck occupants – 17%
o Non-occupants (e.g. pedestrians, cyclists) – 12%
Speak with a lawyer
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