Truck Accidents | Personal Injury Blog
It seems like every year, auto manufacturers come out with a new piece of technology. Whether it was heated seats, Bluetooth, built-in GPS, or auxiliary cables, many of these changes made cars more comfortable to drive but didn’t have major safety improvements. It was not until recently that cars were upgraded with backward-facing cameras to help protect pedestrians when drivers are backing out of their garages.
Ethanol and other biofuels have become popular alternatives to oil for powering our vehicles, especially as our country tries to find renewable sources of energy. Ethanol production relies heavily on farms throughout the Midwest, including Nebraska and Iowa. While it has been a boon for our economies, safely transporting ethanol is still a major concern on our roadways, as a single ethanol spill can be devastating for auto accident victims and local communities.
Accidents that involve large trucks often lead to disaster. If you or a loved one has suffered serious or catastrophic injuries in a truck accident, the stress and trauma have likely left you uncertain about your next steps and your options.
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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