What is the primary difference between a truck accident and a car accident? Car accidents unfortunately happen every day, yet recent safety improvements in vehicle design and passenger restraint have helped to reduce the occurrence and severity of resulting injuries. However, these factors are not as effective when a passenger vehicle is involved in an accident with a commercial truck or tractor-trailer.
The primary difference between a truck accident and a car accident is the weight of the commercial vehicle and the resulting force of a collision between a truck and an SUV, pickup or car. Commercial vehicles can easily weigh between 70,000 and 80,000 pounds. A typical passenger vehicle will only weigh 3,000 or 4,000 pounds. The sheer force of impact in a truck accident is several times higher than a car crash. The force of the impact must be transferred into the body of the car and ultimately into the bodies of those who are travelling in the smaller vehicle.
The weight differential also makes a truck harder to maneuver, and increases the distance required to bring the vehicle to a stop. These factors result in injuries which are much more severe, and in some cases fatal. If you or someone you love has been injured or lost in a truck related accident it is important to work with experienced personal injury attorneys with extensive trial experience and the resources to stand up to the insurance companies associated with the commercial trucking industry.
Hargadon, Lenihan & Herrington, PLLC (HLH) has served Louisville and all of Kentucky since 1924. We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our former clients as well as the legal industry and contact HLH or call (866) 583-9701 for a free consultation. Ask about the successes we’ve had at trial and the results we’ve achieved for clients who have been injured in Kentucky truck accidents.