Semi-truck accidents often have a high fatality rate. In 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation found that 4,965 individuals died in accidents involving large trucks. Many of these fatalities were occupants of smaller vehicles such as cars.
If death does not occur as a result of a semi-truck crash, then catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, are likely the result. If you’ve been injured in a semi-truck accident, McPartland Law Offices can help.
WEIGHT & SIZE
Semi-trucks in Washington can legally weigh up to 105,500 pounds, while the average car weighs around 4,100 pounds. When two vehicles collide, and one is significantly smaller, the force from the larger vehicle can cause excessive damage. Because of their size, trucks also have unique blind spots, making it harder to see smaller vehicles on the road nearby.
The size and weight of a semi-truck also makes them harder to maneuver. Sharp turns, lane changes, and braking are just a few actions that may be difficult for a large commercial vehicle. Performing any of these movements can be dangerous and requires a skilled truck driver.
Dangerous cargo in a semi-trailer can contribute to the damage caused in a crash. Items such as flammable or explosive materials could create a deadly blast or widespread chemical exposure upon impact. In 2021, hazardous materials were involved in 3,233 large truck crashes.
Regular cargo can pose a threat as well if it was improperly loaded. The collision itself could be relatively minor, but unsecured cargo might fall out and severely injure another driver.
During your consultation at McPartland Law Offices, you can discuss your situation and demands with our truck accident lawyer. He'll provide the guidance you need. Call 509-495-1247 today to make an appointment.