Motorists share the road with tractor trailers every day. Although truck drivers are expected to abide by strict laws regarding safety, work hours, etc., big rigs can present a hazard just because of their sheer size and weight. A typical semi can weight 80,000 pounds. On the other hand, most cars weigh from 3,000 to 5,000 pounds, so a tractor trailer accident tends to be quite devastating for automobiles, their drivers, and occupants.
Tractor trailers carry large amounts of cargo over long distances. They’re generally harder to maneuver than passenger vehicles. More time and distance are needed to slow them down and stop. For example, on average, a truck traveling at 60 miles per hour requires about 350 feet to stop, making it hard for a truck driver to react quickly and for cars to get out of the way.
The result: Often devastating accidents that can cause major damage, serious injuries, and loss of life.
There are different causes of tractor trailer accidents, which include: