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Why Are Truck Accidents More Likely to Result in Catastrophic Injuries Than Car Accidents?

While car accidents can be very severe and have the potential to lead to catastrophic injuries, truck accidents are far more likely to produce serious bodily harm than passenger car accidents.

Read on to learn why.

Trucks Are Bigger and Heavier Than Cars

Trucks are very different from passenger cars for a variety of reasons. However, for our purposes, the primary reasons why trucks are so different from cars is because they’re much bigger and much heavier.

A loaded truck often weighs anywhere from 20,000 to 80,000 pounds (lbs). Compare that to the average passenger car, which weighs about 2,800 lbs.

On average, most semi-trucks are about 20 times bigger than the average passenger car.

Catastrophic Injuries

When you consider just how much heavier and bigger semi-trucks are than passenger cars, common sense will tell you that semi-truck accidents will be far more severe than passenger car accidents.

Due to their sheer weight and size, truck accidents are much more likely to result in catastrophic injuries than car accidents. According to 42 U.S.C. 3796b, a catastrophic injury is defined as “consequences of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”

Some examples of catastrophic injuries include the following:

We Can Help

If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of an accident due to no fault of your own, you may be owed compensation. Our attorneys at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC are highly skilled in the area of catastrophic injury law. We have helped hundreds of others obtain justice, and we can help you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our office with your case right away.

Call us today at (866) 675-4427 to have an experienced Stuart personal injury attorney from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC evaluate your case.