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Truck Accidents: What Makes Them So Dangerous?

The Dangers of Truck Accidents

Trucks’ poor maneuverability and large blind spots make them a hazard on the road. Additionally, due to their size and weight, any accidents involving them often leave passenger vehicle occupants with catastrophic injuries. Learn more about the dangers of truck accidents and how to protect yourself on the road.

What Makes Trucks So Hazardous?

Trucks are hazardous to other cars on the road for a variety of reasons, including the following:

  • Required braking distance. At 80,000 pounds and a speed of 55 miles per hour, most trucks require a stopping distance of 100 yards. This makes it difficult for truck drivers to react to sudden traffic changes in order to avoid an accident.

  • Large blind spots. Trucks have large blind spots directly in front, directly behind, and along each side (particularly on the right). Know that if you cannot see the truck driver’s face in either of the side view mirrors, it is likely that the driver cannot see your vehicle.

  • Drowsy drivers. Even though federal hours-of-service regulations have been put in place to limit the number of drowsy drivers on the road, many truck drivers still report driving past the 11-hour limit and driving while tired.

These hazards make trucks particularly dangerous on highways and city streets. Additionally, due to their weight, passenger vehicle occupants typically experience catastrophic injuries or even death if they are involved in a truck accident.

Common injuries sustained in truck accidents include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Whiplash

  • Broken bones

  • Burns

Injured in a Truck Accident? We’re Prepared to Fight for You

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, our Memphis personal injury attorneys at Daniel Law Firm are here to help. We can take on large trucking and insurance companies while you focus on recovering from your injuries. We offer free consultations to help you get answers to your questions, discuss how we can help, and give you advice on the next steps to take.

Contact Daniel Law Firm today at (901) 295-0100 to learn how we can help you.