Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that 4,761 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2017—a 9% increase from 2016—and that 72% of those fatalities were occupants of other vehicles.
It’s no surprise that crashes involving large commercial trucks like tractor-trailers and semi-trucks are different from collisions between two passenger vehicles. Size, stopping distance, weight, and cargo are all factors in the difference between large trucks and cars.
One thing you may not think about, though, is how semi-truck wheels can play a part in crashes.
The tires of large commercial trucks are not designed to support excessive speeds. While speed limits in some states can go as high as 85 mph, reaching speeds higher than 75 mph significantly increases the risk of experiencing a road accident. If truck drivers go too fast, they can lose control of the vehicle.
Currently, there’s an ongoing debate as for whether commercial trucks and related vehicles should be equipped with devices that would restrict the maximum speed that they can reach. Opponents to the development of such devices have been arguing that tire producers should develop a new generation of tires that would enable large trucks to drive in excess of 75 mph without any risk.
Truck accidents are different from other automobile accidents, and it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a truck accident, contact the Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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