When Cars and Trucks Collide: Physics Behind Serious Injuries
Serious Injuries Due to Semi-Truck Accidents
It is common sense that a semi-truck has an unfair size advantage against a smaller car, but many people don’t realize there is a lot more physics behind the unproportionate vehicles than just size. The main factors why semi-trucks cause so much damage to smaller vehicles and injuries to the passengers during car accidents are weight, speed and height.
Serious Injuries Due to the Weight of Semi-Trucks During Auto Accidents
Semi-trucks are typically the heaviest vehicles on the road. Not only does this weight create an 18-wheel big antennas battering ram, but it also makes the vehicles almost impossible to slow down in time to avoid any potential accident. The average loaded semi-truck weighs 80,000 pounds which can cause serious impact during an auto accident.
Serious Injuries Due to the Speed of Semi-Trucks During Auto Accidents
The average speed of semi-trucks is surprisingly higher than the average speed of the average sedan given the fact that trucks spend a majority of their time travelling on highways at highway speeds. Once again, common sense leads the understanding that an accident occurring at a higher speed is more likely to cause more injuries than an accident occurring at lower speeds. The size of a semi-truck coupled with the speed these 18 wheelers travel causes serious injuries if the semi-truck is involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Serious Injuries Due to the Height of Semi-Trucks During Auto Accidents
Semi-Truck accidents cause significant injuries due to another often forgotten reason. Semi-trucks are one of the highest vehicles on the road meaning the vehicle sits higher than other vehicles. When a vehicle with greater height hits a lower sitting vehicle, the lower vehicle typically goes underneath the taller vehicle. All too often, this means that passengers of vehicles not only sustain huge injuries from the direct impact but also because they unfortunately also get crushed.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help?
If you have been in an accident involving a semi-truck, there are many reasons why you are going to want to get an experienced auto accident attorney. Your personal injury lawyer will have the knowledge to offer the insight you need to determine the best way to proceed with your case, in addition, to help guide you through the recovery process.
In addition to knowing the ins-and-outs of a semi-truck accident case, most auto accidents have very strict timelines to adhere to. Many states have a two or three-year statute of limitations which if not adhered to, the case is null and void.
The auto attorneys at Ritchie Reiersen Law can help answer all your personal injury questions. They are here to listen and answer any questions you may have. Ritchie Reiersen Injury attorneys have offices in Tacoma, Auburn, Kennewick, Yakima and service the entire Seattle area. Contact us for a free consultation today.