Although it may be hard to believe, many tractor-trailers that you’ll notice driving alongside you on the highway or city streets weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. This is significantly more than the average passenger car. The latter weighs around 3,000 pounds. The sheer difference in size is one of the reasons that crashes between passenger cars and trucks often leave the motorists involved in them with catastrophic injuries or worse.
You must realize that not every truck weighs as much as 80,000 pounds. It’s generally only the ones that are fully-loaded that are that heavy. Tractor-trailers that are packed full aren’t the only dangerous ones though.
Any motorist struck by a partially-filled truck may still be at risk for serious injuries. This may happen if the load contained within the trailer is improperly secured and shifts due to delayed braking or some other driver or mechanical failure.
Motorists are particularly vulnerable to getting seriously hurt or killed if they are struck while riding in a trucker’s blind spot or if a truck overturns. If the tractor-trailer’s operator fails to adjust their speed for traffic or poor weather conditions, then this may create the ideal environment for a catastrophic crash to occur.
Truckers have to undergo extensive training both in and out of the classroom, take tests and pass medical exams to qualify to receive a commercial driver’s license. They’re also required to abide by certain federal and state guidelines meant to protect everyone’s safety. They can make mistakes though.
Catastrophic injuries are often permanent ones. They can be costly to treat. They can prevent you from working in the capacity that you previously did or at all. A truck accident attorney can advise you of your right to recover compensation for your injuries and lost wages that you’ve incurred because of your involvement in an injury crash here in South Dakota.