Car to Semi Truck Weight Difference

One of the considerations people make today when buying a new car is the safety rating. But even an excellent safety rating won’t help a 1,800-pound compact car survive against a semi that could weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Even a large SUV weighing about 6,000 pounds is no match against that truck.

This is why accidents with semi-trucks are so dangerous. And it’s not just the drivers of passenger cars that are at risk. In 2009, more than 500 big truck drivers were killed and 20,000 were injured in these types of crashes.

Why Are Semi Trucks Collisions Are So Deadly?

Since trucks can weigh more than 30 times more than a passenger vehicle, most fatalities occur within the passenger car. Big trucks need more stopping distance, especially if they are carrying a full load. So they need plenty of time to slow down to avoid a crash.

Many parties can be held responsible for the victim's injuries, including the truck driver, the owner of the truck, the truck's insurance company and more. If you or a loved one has been injured in one of these accidents, we know how life-changing this can be. But our personal injury attorneys can work with you to make sure you get compensated for your losses.

Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation. We don’t get paid unless you win.

Jason C. Amerine
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President and Owner, Castle Law Office of Kansas City