One questions I get asked a lot is, whether or not “trucking or 18-Wheeler accidents are different from an ordinary car accident?”
It’s a common misconception to think that all motor-vehicle accidents are the same. But this simply isn’t the case.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 18-wheeler accidents accounted for 475,000 crashes in 2017, and of those crashes 107, 864 resulted in a fatality or serious injury. Thus the likelihood of getting badly injured or killed is dramatically higher for trucking accidents, than for an ordinary car accident.
Because of the sheer size and weight of 18-Wheeler semi trucks, the damage to both people and property are far greater than they are in an ordinary auto accident.
There are 5 major Differences Between 18 Wheeler and Auto Accidents
- Greater Property Damage
- More Catastrophic Injuries
- Expensive Medical Bills
- Increase Chance of Fatality
- Complex and Multiple Insurance Policies
Greater Property Damage
An 18-wheeler truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, combine that with the weight of the load they are pulling, and that type of force can cause a significant amount of damage to anything in the truck’s path during a collision.
With the weight and size of a semi-truck being much larger than your standard vehicle the injuries sustained in an accident are also far more serious. Injuries can include back injuries, broken bones, whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, and even death.
Sadly, Texas seems to lead the nation when it comes to trucking accident deaths. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), the states with the most fatalities involving large trucks in 2015 were:
- Texas – 561 deaths
- California – 296 deaths
- Florida – 225 deaths
- Georgia – 182 deaths
- Ohio – 167 deaths
More Expensive Medical Bills
Injuries from an 18-Wheeler accident can be far more serious than a typical car accident, meaning the medical bills are typically much higher. With severe injuries, injured people are looking at longer hospital stays, more testing and diagnostics needed, as well as longer recovery time and long periods of time off of work. All of these expenses add up and can put a huge financial strain on injured victims.
Increased Chance of Fatality
As mentioned previously, accidents involving large trucks resulted in 107,864 fatalities or severe injuries in 2017 according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is a terrifying fact, but commercial vehicles are more likely to cause death because of the sheer size and weight of the vehicle. It is important to speak with a personal injury attorney if you have a loved one that has been killed in a semi-truck accident.
Complex & Multiple Insurance Policies
Because 18-wheeler trucks have the ability to cause a great deal of harm on the roadways, they are highly regulated by both state and federal governments. As a result, commercial trucks are required to carry much higher insurance. There are usually multiple different policies involved, and knowing which policies were in effect at the time of a crash, and the inter-play between the insurance policies is very complex.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of an 18-wheeler accident, contact Barrus Injury Lawyers immediately at (201) 910-4357 so we can help you protect what is important to you. Our experienced trucking accident attorneys are available to respond to 18-wheeler accidents at any time, day or night.
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