A person in the U.S. is injured or killed in a semi-truck accident every 16 minutes. These semi-trucks, which are also known as large commercial trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, or big-rigs, greatly outsize and outweigh those in the passenger cars around them.
Most vehicles don’t stand a chance in a collision with these giants of the road. Any truck over 10,000 pounds qualifies as a tractor-trailer. However, a typical commercial truck loaded to capacity weighs approximately 80,000 pounds. An average car weighs around 3,000 pounds. The sheer size difference alone is staggering, and it is not surprising that most collisions involving semi-trucks result in severe injuries or fatalities. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a report stating that in accidents involving large trucks and other motor vehicles, 98 percent of the fatalities are the people in the smaller vehicles.
If you, or someone you know, have been involved in an accident involving a large vehicle like a tractor-trailer, contact us at CVBN Law for a free case consultation.