Why are 18-Wheelers so dangerous?
18-wheelers are monstrous vehicles. A loaded 18-wheeler will weigh between 60 and 80,000 pounds. That is 20 times the weight of an average passenger vehicle. And when you are talking about damage to a car or to the people inside, it is not just the speed of the vehicle, it is the momentum. And when you are talking about 60 to 80,000 pounds, it will just crush a passenger car.
These 18-wheelers kill and maim people every day. Government studies show that 18-wheelers account for only 4% of the vehicles on the road, but they are involved in one in eight of the traffic fatalities. When you are on the road, be mindful of the 18-wheelers because they can be really dangerous.