Truck AccidentWhy Semi Truck Accidents are Often Fatal

September 16, 2023by admin0

According to the Department of Transport, there are around half a million annual truck collisions in the US, and 98% of them end in fatalities. In most cases, it’s the party traveling in the smaller vehicle that is more seriously injured or killed. Taking this into consideration, let’s take a look at why semi-truck accidents are often fatal.

Size and Weight

The federal regulations state that trucks are allowed to weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is enormous when you take into account the fact that regular vehicles weigh an average of 4,100 pounds. The heavier vehicle going into a collision carries the most force, which is why truck accidents are so devastating for drivers and passengers of regular-sized vehicles.

The size of trucks means drivers have to deal with an unusual blind spot, which makes it tricky to see surrounding smaller vehicles. Unfortunately, blind spot errors can lead to catastrophic accidents.


Trucks carry heavy cargo that has to be packed safely, securely, and according to federal guidelines. However, when trucks are loaded incorrectly, heavy loads can move around and cause the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle. Alternatively, they can smash through the doors and collide with other road users.

The weight of the cargo isn’t always the issue. Some trucks carry dangerous substances that are flammable or extremely toxic. When these trucks are involved in accidents, it can lead to massive explosions and damage to the environment or people’s health.


Semi-trucks have a unique build, which makes them difficult to maneuver. For example, when a truck takes a sharp turn or has to brake suddenly, the resulting movement of the truck can cause enormous accidents. To perform these movements safely, truck drivers have to be highly skilled and have the correct qualifications.

Leading Causes of Sem-Truck Accidents

Being trained allows truck drivers to operate, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be responsible for a truck accident; negligence is the leading cause of most semi-truck accidents. The most common examples of truck driver negligence include:

  • Speeding
  • Improper stopping distances
  • Driving drowsy
  • Drug or alcohol impairment
  • Truck malfunctions

Even though a truck driver causes an accident, they aren’t always the ones to blame. For example, if the owner of the truck fails to complete regular maintenance checks or enforce proper working hours, they can – and should – be held responsible. When you choose to trust our expert team of personal lawyers, we’ll launch a full investigation to find out who is liable.

Common Semi-Truck Accident Injuries

When a semi-truck accident doesn’t cause a fatality, they often leave victims with horrific injuries including:

  • PTSD
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Traumatic amputation

These injuries can change a person’s life forever and often cause financial strain, relationship issues, and reduced quality of life. You deserve fair compensation to cover these damages, so let our expert attorneys help.

The main reason semi-truck accidents are the most fatal and life-changing is the size difference between the vehicles involved.

If you or a loved one has been struck by a semi-truck, don’t hesitate to visit Farnsworth & Vance at 2525 Gambell Street #410, Anchorage, AK 99503.

Or call us today for a free consultation at (907)-290-8980.

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