The road is by far the easiest way leading from one point to another. They are shared by motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and even animals. However, dependence on the roads has increased accidents, responsible for millions of deaths and injuries. According to statistics, road traffic accidents are the top cause of death by injury worldwide, with over 1.3 million deaths being reported annually. The rise of the trucking industry in the US has also led to an increase in accidents. Truck accidents can lead to severe injuries like a broken spinal cord, head trauma, and in most cases, death. In the USA, truck accidents account for nearly ten percent of fatal accidents each year. So why are truck accidents so fatal?
Reasons why truck accidents are fatal
To understand why truck accidents are so deadly, you should be aware of three key differences between heavy trucks and passenger cars. These fundamental differences are:
- Weight and Size. A large truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and be 45 to 65 feet long, while an average passenger car can weigh up to 4,000 pounds and be 12 feet long. This size and weight disparity alone can result in devastating injuries and death