There are a few reasons why tractor-trailer wrecks can be much more dangerous than car wrecks. The obvious one is the size and weight of these vehicles. A tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. That’s 16 times the weight of your average passenger car! With that much mass, any wrong move by the trucker can be deadly.
Being a trucker remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., and the highest number of occupational fatalities each year, by a wide margin, come from transportation accidents. With this in mind, truckers and others who work on the road need to be more careful than ever before.
Commercial trucks share the roads with passenger vehicles. Sometimes they work well together. Sometimes they do not. In any situation where there is an accident involving a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle, there is little doubt about which one will suffer the most.
Because of a truck’s size and carrying load, its weight can exceed 20 times the weight of an average passenger vehicle. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the truck—and its driver—will come away with less damage.
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