Truck accidents involving a car or pickup are usually very tragic for the occupants of the car or the pickup. The vast difference in size and weight of the vehicles and the heavy frame structure of trucks give trucks the advantage over cars in an accident.
We are happy when we go to the store and they have the items we are shopping for. Usually, we don't think about how those items got to the store. They were transported by trucks to your local retail store.
Trucking is big business and there are a lot of trucks on the highway. For the most part, we don't think about what that truck is hauling when we pass it on the highway.
Because of the large number of heavy trucks on the highway, a large number of truck accidents occur each year.
Truck/tractors have a lot of momentum traveling down the highway which means it is difficult to stop. Not only is the big rig difficult to stop, it is difficult to start. It requires a large engine.
Announcers for football games often talk about one team have the momentum or the momentum has shifted from one team to the other.
Another way to view momentum is to think of the 335 pound tackle running into a 200 pound running back. If the two football players are running toward each other at the same speed, the tackle has 167 percent more momentum than the running back. When they collide, the 335 pound tackle will definitely have the advantage over the 200 pound running back.
The momentum of a loaded truck/tractor can be 1600 percent more than a car. Take a truck that weighs 80,000 pounds and a SUV weighing 5,000 pounds. Traveling at the same speed, the truck/tractor is 16 times heavier than the SUV. Therefore, the momentum of the truck is 1600 percent greater than the SUV. In an accident, the truck/tractor wins every time.
Highway traffic accidents have 4 components.
The requirements to obtain a driver's license to drive a truck are much more stringent than applying for a license to operate a passenger car. The reason for requiring Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is the truck is much more complicated and requires more skill to drive than a passenger car.
Accident investigations involving commercial trucks require a person with the right qualifications. The analysis of a truck/tractor accident will include investigating the air barking system, turning radius, electronic control module, accident avoidance capabilities, driver visibility and tire to road friction coefficients.
Stay safe. Watch out for all vehicles on the highway!