According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there’s no one single factor that causes truck crashes to occur. There are certain ones that expose motorists to more serious injuries than others, though.
One of the reasons that crashes between passenger vehicles and trucks often result in catastrophic injuries for a car’s driver is because tractor-trailers often weigh as much as 30 times the amount that automobiles weigh. It doesn’t help that trucks also sit up high off the ground either. If a motorist doesn’t brake early enough, then they’re more vulnerable to underriding a truck in front of them.
Motorists who try to make quick turns in front of truckers also run the risk of suffering serious injuries if they’re struck. While any T-bone type of incident has the potential of hurting a motorist, the likelihood that a trucker is traveling at a much faster speed than a motorist would be traveling when coming through an intersection is high. This is largely the case because truckers require as much as 40 percent more distance to stop than a car driver does.
Crashes between cars and trucks are also more likely to result in a passenger vehicle operator’s injuries because of driver fatigue. While truckers are limited as to the number of hours that they’re allowed to operate their 18-wheeler, federal regulations permit them to spend as much as 11 hours out on the road — something that can wear them out. Many truckers violate these regulations in hopes that they won’t be caught, leaving them more likely to crash.
If you have been injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer, then you likely have amassed costly medical bills. Proving trucker negligence isn’t easy. Investigations can be complex, and insurance companies fight long and hard to deny liability. In situations such as these, an attorney’s experience in handling these types of cases can prove to be invaluable to you as you look to receive compensation in your own case.