What makes commercial trucks so dangerous? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Commercial trucks, also referred to as tractor-trailers or semi-trucks, often weigh 80,000 pounds, more than 15 times the average passenger vehicle. Tractor-trailers are approximately 55 feet long and almost 10 feet wide. The height of these vehicles reaches approximately 13 feet high.

It takes a tractor-trailer twenty times the stopping distance of a passenger vehicle. And if the truck isn’t properly loaded, it becomes even more dangerous, spiking the risks of a rollover crash.

In addition to their massive size, commercial trucks are often transporting hazardous materials. It is these factors that often cause catastrophic injuries and death when there is a truck accident, especially for the victims in the other vehicle.