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Size differential make truck accidents especially dangerous

The naked eye can easily discern that a tractor trailer is much larger than a regular passenger automobile. But the size is only part of the story; there is also an extreme weight discrepancy between the two kinds of vehicles. Typically, a tractor trailer carrying a full load is at minimum 25 times heavier than an average car.

Further, the size and physical structure of big rigs can give rise to accidents. For example, a truck can jackknife when braking quickly or making sudden turns. In fact, turning a truck has its own set of issues in that when making a right turn, a driver may have to use two lanes.

The danger of a truck accident can be compounded by the freight being transported. Trucks may carry hazardous materials such as industrial waste or flammables such as gasoline. If these substances are released during an accident they can cause what are called “secondary injuries.”

With this in mind, it is easy to understand the potential dangers that trucks can pose for those riding in smaller vehicles. As such, if you are ever in a truck accident that was caused by a driver’s negligence, you may have grounds to seek compensation. In some cases, accidents caused by jackknifing or turning too widely can be deemed the fault of the driver.

As was noted, a truck could outweigh your car by a substantial amount and a collision with anything having that much heft could leave you with serious injuries. Many such injuries can have a long-term physical impact. You may be unable to work for a prolonged period of time and thus lose wages. You may require extensive and costly rehabilitative treatment.

A truck accident attorney who has a working knowledge of how to determine liability in the event of a serious collision could help you secure the level of compensation you require for your present and future needs.

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