Tractor-Trailer vs. Automobile: Why Truck Accidents Are So Devastating

Any car accident has the potential to cause serious injuries or fatalities. That risk rises when a tractor-trailer is involved. If you have been involved in a semi-truck accident or have even just witnessed one, you may know why truck accidents are so devastating. Some factors seem obvious, while others may be more subtle.

Weight of a Tractor-Trailer vs. Automobile

The typical fully loaded semi weighs about 80,000 pounds. Of course, this can vary depending on the weight of the cargo. The average weight of an automobile is around 5,000 pounds, but this varies according to the type of vehicle.

When you consider weight as mass and think about the physics of mass, one thing is clear: mass wins in a collision between the average truck and the average car. A tractor-trailer’s weight and mass can cause devastating injuries to cars and their occupants.

Speed and Ability to Brake

Generally, trucks need 40% more time to stop than a car. For example, it may take a truck traveling 65 miles per hour up to two football fields (or 200 yards) to stop. Semis often drive faster than 65 mph, which means they need even more time to react and stop.

Weather conditions and the truck’s load also can affect the truck’s ability to brake in time to avoid a collision. A truck’s stopping distance makes it more likely to crash when faced with unexpected obstacles – like an automobile.

Cargo vs. Passengers

A fully-loaded truck is not just heavy. Sometimes the load is unstable or improperly loaded. Cargo that shifts, surges, or falls off the truck is very likely to cause an accident.

It is true that distraction from passengers can contribute to a car crash. However, it is far less likely that a passenger car will overturn because passengers or materials in the car have moved around.

In a “Tractor-Trailer vs. Automobile” Situation, Devastating Injuries Can Occur

Figuring out who was right and who was wrong after a tractor-trailer accident is not always easy.

Talk with Osvaldo Rodriguez, an experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer for an honest assessment of your case. Your case will receive the personal attention it deserves. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today at 708-716-3441 or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.

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