There are many differences between driving a regular automobile versus operating a large tractor trailer. The dynamics and logistics of a truck are such that a tractor trailer:
Speeds up slower than a car
Requires greater distance and time to come to a complete stop
Requires more space to turn and otherwise maneuver
Has more blind spots making it especially hazardous to move in reverse
Many truck drivers have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and the CDL manual is often helpful to understand the ins and outs of driving a large truck as well as the duties and responsibilities of a truck driver.
Main Differences Between Car and Truck Accidents
One of the main differences between cars and trucks is the sheer mass and weight of a loaded truck which can be up to 80,000 pounds while an average passenger car weighs only 4,000 pounds. Therefore the force of a heavy truck at a high speed impact will produce a much greater injury to the occupants of the passenger vehicle. In addition to the mass and weight of a truck, there are other important differences including:
Trucks have many axles and wheels
Trucks have very different braking systems when compared to cars. Many trucks use air brakes for example.
Trucks are taller than automobiles meaning their center of gravity is different. A passenger vehicle can ride under a truck which is a type of trucking crash known as an underride accident.
Tractor trailer accidents are sometimes caused due to issues with their cargo or loads they are carrying including improperly securing the cargo, having the cargo shift during transport, or a load that is not properly balanced.
Tractor trailers have a joint between the tractor and the trailer cab which means the trailer can pivot which is what happens in a jack-knife accident.
There are differences in acceleration, braking, turning, and overall vehicle control, maneuverability, and operation between trucks and cars.
Contact the F&A truck accident lawyers for a more detailed consultation.