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Some of the most common and most dangerous automobile accidents involve tractor-trailers (also known as “big rigs” or “18-wheelers”). Every year in the United States, there are hundreds of thousands of potentially-deadly accidents involving big commercial trucks. These big commercial trucks come in many different shapes and sizes, but here are some of the more common examples that we typically see out on the road:

  • Tractor-Trailer – This may be the most common type of big commercial truck on the road. You might sometimes hear this referred to as a “semi-trailer,” “big rig,” or “18 wheeler.” This vehicle consists of a tractor unit (i.e. truck) pulling a semi-trailer which usually contains some type of cargo.
  • Dump Truck– This is another common commercial truck which is used to transport large loads of dirt, rock, and soil. For that reason, you usually see dump trucks on or near construction sites, gravel pits, and similar places.
  • Tanker Truck– This motor vehicle consists of a truck pulling what looks like a long tube. The truck and tank can be part of one vehicle or a tractor pulling a tanker trailer. Tanker trucks are generally used to transport liquids or fluids such as gasoline or oil.
  • Flatbed Truck – Flatbed trucks have a long flat surface on the back where they generally haul lumber, steel, heavy equipment, or other cargo.
  • Cement Mixer– These trucks are easy to recognize, with a huge cylindrical shape on the back. Sometimes the cylinder is spinning, which means it is mixing cement.

 

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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 4,440 large trucks and buses involved in fatal crashes in 2016. This was a slight increase from 2015. From 2015 to 2016, the number of injury crashes and fatal crashes involving large commercial trucks increased.

It’s not hard to see why accidents involving heavy trucks are particularly dangerous. These commercial vehicles are traveling on the roadways at high speed in close proximity to passenger vehicles that are significantly smaller and lighter. The average passenger vehicle weighs about 2 tons, while a tractor-trailer can weigh up to 40 tons.

With that much weight and speed, one of the primary causes of big truck accidents is stopping distance. A tractor trailer takes much longer to stop than your average passenger vehicle does. If a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle are traveling at 40 mph, it takes the tractor trailer 45 feet longer to stop. A truck’s stopping distance and ability to avoid a collision are also impacted by its speed. After representing countless clients in heavy truck accidents, we have learned the special importance of the “event data recorder” (EDR). Often times, the EDR preserves the important information about what a truck was doing moments and how fast it was going before an accident. Many attorneys overlook this important device or fail to realize that the EDR’s critical data can be erased if it’s not captured immediately.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a heavy truck, you need a law firm with the skill, experience, and reputation to command the insurance company’s respect. We are that law firm.