Why Are Big Rig Accidents So Dangerous?

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Every year, truck accidents account for thousands of fatal injuries. Although trucks only make up a little over four percent of vehicles on the road, the likelihood of being in a fatal truck accident is much higher. But what is it that makes big rig accidents so dangerous? Our San Francisco truck accident lawyers explain why truck accidents pose a serious danger to other vehicles and pedestrians on the road.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you need an experienced attorney on our side. Contact our San Francisco truck accident attorneys today at (415) 688-2176 to schedule a free virtual consultation!

What Makes Truck Accidents Deadly?

In 2011, there were over 3,700 truck accident fatalities and nearly 88,000 truck accident injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than half of those injured in truck accidents are car drivers or passengers, not truck drivers. Car drivers are more vulnerable in truck accidents because they can be severely impacted by the weight and size of an 18-wheeler.

Why Large Trucks Are So Dangerous

What makes trucks dangerous is the impact their large weight and size can have on other vehicles involved in an accident. A truck having even a small mechanical issue can result in a deadly crash. Below we have put together the top reasons why big rigs are so dangerous.

  • Big rigs are nearly five times the size of a passenger car.
  • Fully loaded trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, so a fully loaded truck can significantly impact another vehicle it collides with.
  • Bigger trucks require more stopping time.
  • Cars can easily be hidden in a truck driver’s blind spot.
  • Truck drivers are vulnerable to fatigue because they drive for long hours.

Driver Fatigue

One of the most dangerous aspects of large trucks is driver fatigue. Truck drivers are often pressured to meet strict deadlines since they are usually paid by miles and not by the hour. This results in truck drivers driving for long hours to meet deadlines—often causing driver fatigue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Failure to Maintain

Another common risk of truck accidents are mechanical issues. Mechanical issues can affect the safety of a truck, so much that a driver is legally required to do an inspection before every trip. Truck drivers have to test brakes, check the lights, and ensure that cargo is secure before getting on the road. However, truck drivers often fail to perform routine check-ups—causing trucks to become a serious hazard on the road.

Dangerous Driving

Risky driving can also increase the chances of a truck accident. Drivers have a responsibility to ensure they are fit to drive by taking federal-mandated rest breaks and avoiding the need for substances. Companies are also responsible for ensuring drivers are fit to drive by hiring workers that have a safe record. Trucking companies should also ensure that driver’s schedules won’t require them to drive for long hours.

San Francisco Truck Accident Attorneys: (415) 688-2176

If you were injured in a truck accident, you are entitled to seek compensation for your loss. You might be facing extensive medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional distress. Our team at Scarlett Law Group has helped people throughout San Francisco obtain the compensation they deserve after suffering serious injuries in a truck accident. Our team has secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we have over 25 years of experience. With our team on your side, you can rest assured that we will help you obtain the best possible results for your case.

Contact our San Francisco truck accident lawyers today at (415) 688-2176 to schedule a free consultation!

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