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Dec2018

Why Large Trucks Are More Dangerous Than Small Vehicles

No road accident is good, but a road accident that involves a large truck, such as semi-trailers or tractor-trailers, is particularly bad. Accidents that involve large trucks often result in severe injuries and damages. Below are some of the reasons large trucks are more dangerous on the road than small vehicles.

Trucks Weigh More

A large truck often weighs several tons more than a small car. A semi-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Compare this to the average size of an SUV that some statistics put at 4,799 pounds.

The weight discrepancy means that, if a large truck collides with a small vehicle, the small vehicle is likely to come off worse in the crash. In fact, truck drivers sometimes walk off from horrendous crashes with nothing other than small bruises.

Trucks Make Wider Turns

A typical truck, due to its size, will require a wider turn to change its direction of travel and to stay upright than a small car. A semi-trailer can be as much as 53 feet long.

If you do not give a large truck ample room to navigate a turn, the truck may sweep you off the road or even crash into your car as it navigates its turn. A truck affects more road users when it navigates a turn than a small car does.

Trucks Have More Tire Blowouts

Large trucks have more tire blowouts than small cars. The long hours on the road, the huge loads the trucks carry, and the enormous pressure within the tires are responsible for these blowouts. When a truck’s tire blows out, the truck driver may lose control of the truck and crash into other road users. Debris from the tire blowout also affects other road users.

Trucks Move More Air

The volume of air a vehicle pushes as the vehicle moves is directly proportional to the shape and size of the vehicle. Large and oddly shaped vehicles, such as large trucks, move more air than small and streamlined cars. Large trucks can create serious turbulence — chaotic airflow — and knock other road users off their path.

Trucks Take Longer to Stop

Large trucks take a longer time to stop than small cars. For one, large trucks have a great weight that gives them great momentum. The law of physics dictates that anything in motion tends to stay in motion unless an opposing force acts on it. You need a greater force to stop a large momentum than you need to stop a small momentum.

Therefore, a large truck requires great force to stop, and you cannot apply the force all at once. Otherwise, the truck driver may lose control of the car. The longer distance trucks require to stop their vehicles means the drivers are not always able to stop or slow down to a safe distance in case of an emergency.

Trucks Take Longer to Accelerate

Just like truck drivers take a long time to stop, they also take a long time to accelerate. For example, a truck requires more time to overtake another road user than a small car. Once a large truck starts to overtake you, they may fail to overtake you fast enough to avoid oncoming road users.

If a large truck does crash into your small car, expect your damages and injuries to be much more than they would be in other types of accidents. At The Cochran Firm – Huntsville, we have the skills and experience to get you the compensation you deserve for your truck accident. Consult us as soon as possible so that we can begin to work on your case quickly.