Truck accidents occur too often. Even though there are far fewer trucks on the road than passenger vehicles, these large rigs make up a disproportionate number of total accidents. When a passenger vehicle and truck collide, it is usually the passenger vehicle and its occupants that suffer the most serious damages and injuries.
One of the main reasons a truck is so dangerous to you is because of its size. ConsumerNotice.org explains a large truck can weigh up to 80,000, which is the legal maximum weight. Some may overload and weigh more than that. Your vehicle, on the other hand, will usually weight under 4,000 pounds. This is a huge difference that science tells us will result in the bigger vehicle completely demolishing the smaller vehicle when they crash into each other.
Other size issues
In addition to the weight, a truck sits higher. Because of this, it leaves room for your vehicle to slide underneath it from the side. However, you may not slide all the way. It is common for such an accident to take the top off the vehicle, which can result in serious head and neck injuries. You may become trapped as well. Sometimes the driver cannot see what is happening and the back wheels will roll over your vehicle.
Truck drivers are under a lot of pressure to move freight quickly. This can lead to speeding and other reckless operation, which increases the likelihood of an accident. Many drivers also drive when they are too tired or sick to be behind the wheel, which makes them just as dangerous as a drunk driver.