Passenger vehicles at risk in truck accidents

It is easy to forget the potential danger of sharing the road with a truck. These vehicles are such a common sight that most drivers do not think twice about them. However, when accidents happen, trucks can cause widespread devastation. Furthermore, it is often the occupants of other vehicles on the road that suffer. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the majority of fatalities that occur during large tractor-trailer crashes are occupants of passenger vehicles.

Furthermore, approximately one-tenth of deaths on the highway are the result of accidents involving large trucks. The numbers are alarming. At the same time, they are hardly surprising. Often coming in at 20 to 30 times the weight of the passenger vehicles affected, large trucks can do a lot of damage.

Another problem is that many of these trucks have significant ground clearance. This means that some vehicles are able to slide underneath the trailer. Although underride guards are attached to the rear of many trucks in order to prevent this from happening, they can fail even in crashes that occur at a relatively low speed. It is easy to picture the consequences.

As if this wasn't enough, many truck drivers are on the road for up to 11 hours at a time. Some are even thought to exceed this amount, despite regulations to the contrary. As a result, many of them are driving tired for extended periods, increasing their chances of being involved in an accident.

There is little you can do about this worrying situation except be very wary when sharing the road with a truck. If you are injured as the result of a truck accident, you may also consider seeking compensation. An attorney can advise you about your options and help you decide if you would like to pursue a claim.

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