Why collisions involving tractor-trailers are more dangerous...

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia. Based in Gwinnett County, he handles serious injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. Call him for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585.

Everyone knows that traffic collisions involving tractor-trailers can have devastating consequences including life-altering injuries and death. The weight of a vehicle tremendously affects safety. This is because in wrecks the basic rules of physics apply and an 18-wheeler simply weighs much more than the average passenger car. This is why commercial vehicles are heavily regulated for the safety of all motorists. Commercial drivers must maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and certain categories of commercial vehicles have strict regulations for operators such as the number of hours allowed on the road each day, the keeping of log books, etc.

A 2009 study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety demonstrates the basic principles of physics involved in car accidents. Basically, the smaller car you are in the worse off you generally are in a car wreck. These principles are also true even if you are in, for example, a large SUV, but are struck by a fully loaded tractor-trailer. The bigger vehicle is going to win.

In addition, no matter how unpopular, lower speeds save lives. Wrecks are a basic physics calculation in which speed and vehicle weight determine the force of impact. Someone struck from behind while stuck in a traffic jam on the interstate by a vehicle that had started to brake and was going 35 MPH at impact will fare better than the person struck by the same vehicle where the driver was not paying attention at all and struck at 70 MPH. And when that vehicle is a tractor-trailer as opposed to a regular automobile, the wreck will be even more devastating.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a traffic accident with a tractor-trailer truck or any other vehcile and would like to speak with an attorney contact Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation.

To read about the IIHS study click here.

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