When trucks can't stop

If you remember the exam you had to take before getting your drivers' license, there is minimum safe distance when traveling behind another vehicle. In Tennessee, the average stopping distance when traveling 50 miles per hour would be 200 feet. Of course, this distance increases as driving speed increases.

But these numbers are based on the average consumer automobile. What about 18-wheelers? They are far larger and heavier than common cars and trucks. This means it takes trucks a much greater distance to come to a complete stop compared to other vehicles, creating much greater risk for rear end accidents.

Stopping Distance

According to a report in Truckers Report, "The length of time to stop an eighteen wheeler is 40% greater than that of an automobile." That means if a truck is traveling 50 miles per hour, it would take 280 feet to come to a complete stop, compared to the 200 feet it would take a car.

That is a significantly greater distance, and it is obvious that this extra distance greatly increases the chances of rear-end collisions.

The Problem Gets Worse

Not only are trucks considerably more likely to cause rear-end collisions than cars, they are also much larger and heavier. According to the Truckers Report, an average 18 wheeler weight is 80,000 pounds, whereas the average weight of a car is 5,000 pounds. Based on those numbers, the average truck weighs 16 times more than the average car.

Of course, all of that extra weight results in more serious injuries and higher probability of death for those involved in truck accidents.

What to Do After a Rear-End Truck Collision

If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, the first thing to do is seek medical attention. After that, your next call should be to an experienced lawyer you can trust. Do not accept any offers from the insurance company. Call a lawyer first.

At The Gold Law Firm, we handle all types of motor vehicle accidents throughout the Memphis area. Call us for a free consultation.

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