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Why Are Catastrophic Injuries and Deaths More Common in Truck Accidents?

Scott Monge

The massive size and weight of trucks makes them dangerous companions on the road. Trucks, semi-trailers, flatbeds and 18-wheelers can tip the scales at as much as 80,000 pounds, whereas the average car weighs in at about 3,000 pounds. That means that it takes trucks longer to stop safely to avoid colliding with other vehicles, motorcycles, pedestrians or bicyclists. An April 2011 report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that there were 53,987 large truck crashes that resulted in injuries or deaths in 2009. Roughly one in 6 fatalities in Georgia stem from large truck crashes, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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