In over 90% of fatal truck accidents, the victim is a passenger in a smaller motor vehicle. The large discrepancy makes it evident that large commercial trucks are far more dangerous than other vehicles on the road. What is it, though, that makes them so dangerous? How do they cause the most catastrophic injuries? We’ll explain below.
The Size and Speed Combination
Depending on how many axles the truck has, a commercial truck may weigh up to 80,000 pounds per federal trucking regulations. On many highways, truckers can drive 55 miles per hour or more. When you combine the two, it’s easy to see how any crash can be devastating.
The size and speed combination makes it nearly impossible for trucks to stop quickly. A commercial truck may collide with vehicles in front of it as the driver approaches traffic and needs to stop abruptly.
The Lack of Protection for Motorists
Smaller vehicles, motorcycles, and others don’t have the same size as large commercial trucks. They also don’t have the same large frames to protect people from severe harm. When a large truck crashes into a smaller vehicle, the damages are often the most impactful.
The Impact and Its Severity
Any impact involving a large commercial truck can collapse a smaller vehicle. Inside, the passengers can suffer severe injuries. Unfortunately, in the most severe crashes, the injuries can be fatal. The type of accident can also determine how severe the impact and aftermath are.
At The Gatti Law Firm, we put you first. Above all else, our Oregon truck accident lawyers seek maximum compensation from negligent parties. We know that you have needs for compensation after a truck accident, and we work to safeguard your best interests so that you may have peace of mind moving forward.