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In a perfect world, everyone would be driving in a small compact car equipped with modern safety equipment and safety features. These features might include airbags, automatic braking systems, high-quality seatbelts, collapsing steering wheels and specially designed steel frames that protect vehicle occupants in the event of a crash.
However, we don’t live in a perfect world. Perhaps you were driving or riding in a compact vehicle and you needed to share the roadway with a large commercial semitruck. That semitruck poses a serious and potentially fatal danger to you and anyone else riding in your standard sized car. If the semitruck hit you, it’s likely that you and the other occupants of your car suffered catastrophic injuries.
The dangers associated with semitrucks are mostly due to physics. A fully-packed semitruck usually weighs 80,000 pounds or even more. Meanwhile, the average passenger car weighs about 3,000 pounds. Imagine a collision between an 80,000-pound object and a 3,000-pound object and it’s clear to see which one is going to get destroyed.
Another less-than-obvious danger associated with semitrucks, however, has nothing to do with physics and everything to do with driver fatigue. Professional truck drivers are hauling heavy loads across long distances. They might be driving for a period of several days across the country, and they might be low on sleep and extremely fatigued. Trucker fatigue causes countless fatalities, which could have been avoided, every day on our nation’s roads.
Some common factors that lead to crashes between standard cars and commercial trucks include:
Special laws apply to semitrucks, and those laws may come into play following an injurious commercial trucking accident. Motor vehicle drivers hurt by a negligent or unlawful semitruck driver or transportation company may have viable claims to pursue financial damages in civil court.
Thu Jun 15, 9:11pm Share on Social Media