Do You Know These 18-Wheeler Dangers?
We all know that there is some risk inherent in the process of driving, and that certain situations are riskier than others. However, did you realize that although 18-wheelers make up only 4% of registered vehicles, accidents with these highway behemoths account for about 15% of car accident fatalities? There are nearly 500,000 trucking accidents every year. While most victims survive the accidents, thousands do not, and those who do often have to deal with painful and debilitating injuries. Consider the following facts about 18-wheelers:
- If you are in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you are much more likely to be injured or killed than the truck driver.
- 18-wheelers suffer a great deal of brake problems, which is especially an issue considering their size and the speeds at which they travel.
- Many drivers pull 11-hour shifts, and it is hard to remain fully alert for such a long period of time.
- Trucks can weigh up to 25 times the weight of the average car.
- Drivers are often under pressure to make mileage no matter the risks, meaning that they may drive in worse road or weather conditions or take more risks on the road.
- 18-wheelers are notorious for blowing tires, putting other cars at risk due to debris or an out-of-control semi.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an 18-wheeler, you should be able to focus on recovering without accident-related bills and expenses hanging over your head. Contact the Racine truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to learn about your legal options.