Catastrophic truck accidents are more common than people think, which is why preventative measures must be taken to keep roads safe for trucks and passenger vehicles that share the road. Due to their weight and size, trucks often cause more damage to other vehicles in a crash. Truck accident victims not only experience traumatic physical pain, but they can also face significant emotional and financial suffering. Let’s go over the devastating consequences of truck accidents.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
The very nature of a semi-truck’s design makes them more prone to accidents.
The biggest factor is their size and weight. A large truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while an average passenger vehicle is only 4,000 pounds. They are also longer, which creates a significant size difference that can lead to severe injuries and death to passengers in an accident.
Large, heavy trucks are more difficult to maneuver in sudden traffic changes, and they require more distance than cars to stop safely. A simple sudden stop could cause a truck to veer off the road, creating a dangerous situation for any vehicle that comes into its path.
Driver fatigue is another significant contributing factor to truck accidents that many people forget about. Truck drivers have strict regulations on how many hours they can work in order to reduce the number of drowsy drivers on the road. Unfortunately, some truck drivers decide to ignore these regulations, sometimes due to pressure from their employer to make a delivery deadline and drive for long hours without a break.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents often have traumatic consequences for those involved, including catastrophic injuries. Catastrophic injuries are permanent and can affect the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. Many different types of catastrophic injuries often result from a truck accident, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
Typical Damages From a Truck Accident
Many catastrophic injury victims often face life-long bills for medical treatment and lost wages.
Filing a lawsuit will help you recover compensation to pay for these expenses and get the assistance you need. The common damages award to truck accident victims include:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may have the right to legal representation. We at Snyder Law Group have skilled and experienced attorneys who can help get you the compensation you deserve!
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