What makes a truck accident so much worse than a car wreck?
The size and weight of a large commercial motor vehicle greatly increases the likelihood that a truck accident will cause serious injury or death. An 18-wheeler filled with cargo can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. When a large truck carrying a full load collides with a passenger vehicle at full speed, the result can be disastrous.
If a large truck collides with a passenger car or truck, the people in the smaller vehicle are far more likely to be hurt. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says about 80 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks are multiple-vehicle crashes, compared with less than 60 percent for passenger vehicles.
Passenger vehicle occupants hurt in truck accidents are likely to suffer serious injuries such as head and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), neck and spinal cord injuries, or broken bones. You may have permanent injuries that require ongoing care or leave you unable to handle the job you previously had. In addition to personal injuries, truck crashes can cause extensive property damage, which may include environmental damage if a truck spills hazardous waste or toxic chemicals.
Your losses in a collision with a commercial truck may be extensive. Contact a Becker Law Office truck accident attorney to find out how we can help you.