18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer
18 wheeler trucks are a crucial element in the national economy. They carry imports and exports throughout the country. Without 18 wheelers, our economy would likely be limited to items manufactured in local regions.
But without 18 wheelers, our roads would also be safer. In 2017 alone, a total of 4,761 people were killed in accidents involving 18 wheeler trucks throughout the United States. In addition, there were about 116,000 people injured in these types of accidents in 2015.
Why are 18 wheeler truck accidents so dangerous? It comes down to simple physics. The average sedan weighs just over 3,000 pounds. Pickup trucks come in at about twice that, while the average SUV falls in the middle at 4,800 pounds. Yes, these vehicles are heavy. But they’re nothing compared to a fully loaded 18 wheeler, which max out at 80,000 pounds — which is about 13 to 26 times the weight of average consumer vehicles.
That means when an 18 wheeler collides with a passenger vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. In addition, the bottom of trailers is often at the same height as the windshield of a sedan or other small car, meaning the car’s crumple zones often don’t help in the event of an 18 wheeler accident.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an 18 wheeler accident, Auger & Auger can help. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience helping truck accident victims get the compensation they deserve. Give us a call at (855) 969-5624 or contact us online today to speak to an 18 wheeler accident lawyer.