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Understanding the Risks of Truck Accidents vs. Car Accidents

If you've been in a car accident before, you know how scary and traumatic it can be. But did you know that truck accidents can be even more dangerous and deadly? Here are some of the key reasons why:

Size and Weight

Trucks are much larger and heavier than cars, which means that they can cause much more damage in an accident. In fact, the average fully-loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while the average car weighs around 4,000 pounds. This size difference can lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities in the event of a collision.

Stopping Distance

Because of their size and weight, trucks require significantly more time and distance to come to a complete stop than cars do. This means that if a truck driver needs to stop suddenly, they may not be able to do so in time to avoid a collision. This can be especially dangerous on highways and other high-speed roads.

Driver Fatigue

Truck drivers are often under pressure to meet tight delivery deadlines, which can lead to driver fatigue and exhaustion. When a driver is tired, they are more likely to make mistakes and have slower reaction times, which can increase the risk of an accident.

Blind Spots

Trucks have much larger blind spots than cars, which means that truck drivers may not be able to see other vehicles on the road. This can lead to accidents when a car tries to pass a truck or merge into its lane.

Cargo Shifts

Finally, trucks are often carrying heavy cargo that can shift during transit. If the cargo is not properly secured, it can cause the truck to tip over or jackknife, which can be extremely dangerous for other drivers on the road.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, it's important to seek legal help right away. At Kahn Law Firm, LLP, we understand the unique challenges and risks associated with these types of accidents, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.