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Why Truck Accidents Are More Dangerous than Car Accidents

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Truck accidents are about as dangerous as it gets when it comes to traffic accidents. The immense size and weight of these massive machines ensure that any accident involving a semi has the potential to be deadly. If a truck driver’s negligence leaves you or someone you love injured in a truck accident, an experienced Dayton truck accident attorney is standing by to help. 

Truck Drivers and the Trucking Industry

Truck drivers are professional drivers who are held to careful safety standards for important reasons. The trucking industry is in nearly constant growth – fueled by ever-increasing consumer demand. When trucking companies, however, allow their profits to override their commitment and legal obligation to safety, it greatly increases the risk that life-threatening truck accidents will happen. 

The Risk Factors

Truck accidents are even more dangerous than car accidents for a number of significant reasons that include:

  • Truck drivers are often under considerable pressure to perform, which means putting more hours in behind the wheel and which can lead to a much greater risk of accidents that are caused by driver exhaustion.
  • Big rigs are so immensely heavy that they require far greater stopping distances than other vehicles on our roads, which makes truck accidents far more likely in tight driving situations. 
  • The sheer size and weight of tractor-trailers ensure that the occupants of any other vehicles involved in truck accidents are far more likely to be seriously injured (or worse) than the truck drivers themselves are. 
  • Truck drivers experience considerable blind spots along all four sides of their rigs, which leaves any vehicles within those blind spots at immense risk. 
  • Semi-trucks are top-heavy, which leaves them far more vulnerable to rollovers in high winds, in inclement weather, and when taking curves or exits too quickly – which leaves other drivers in their midst at extreme risk.
  • Semis are more susceptible overall to the dangers caused by bad weather. 
  • Commercial trucks carry massive loads, and when safe loading practices are not employed, movement and/or imbalance in these trucks’ trailers can contribute to or cause serious accidents. 
  • An immense amount of regular maintenance and safety checks goes into keeping 18-wheelers safe and roadworthy, and when trucking companies and/or truck drivers fail to ensure this safety obligation is fulfilled, it can lead to dangerous accidents.  

An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Dayton Can Help

All Traffic accidents are dangerous, but truck accidents are the most dangerous of all. The sheer weight of these immense vehicles and the impact generated in truck accidents ensures that every truck accident is a serious accident. If you’re left injured in a truck accident, the resourceful truck accident attorneys at The VanNoy Firm in Dayton dedicate their practice to helping clients like you obtain the compensation they need to regain their health and well-being to the fullest extent possible. Your case and your recovery are important, so please don’t wait to contact us today for more information about how we can help you.  

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