Just How Dangerous Are 18-Wheelers?

18-wheelers are monstrous vehicles. A loaded 18-wheeler will weigh between 60,000 and 80,000 pounds. That’s 20 times the weight of an average passenger vehicle. When you are talking about damage to a car or to the people inside, it’s not just the speed of the vehicle, it is the momentum. When you are talking 60,000-80,000 pounds, it will just crush a passenger car. And these 18-wheelers kill and injured people every day.

Government studies show that 18-wheelers account for only four percent of vehicles on the road, but they are involved in one in eight traffic-related fatalities. So watch out for them because they are really dangerous. If you have been hurt by one, give us a call and we’d be glad to help you.