When a truck and motorcycle collide on the road, the difference in size between the two vehicles plays a significant role in how severe the collision is. According to early data released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 275 motorcyclists were killed in accidents involving large trucks in a recent year. All motorists should work to prevent motorcyclist-on-semi-truck accidents because they almost always cause life-changing injuries for motorcyclists.
Why Are Motorcycle vs. Truck Accidents So Deadly?
First, and most obviously, the size and weight differences between motorcycles and trucks work against the smaller vehicle. The average motorcycle is 6-8 feet long and weighs 300-400 pounds. In the United States, semi-trucks average about 40,000 to 50,000 pounds while loaded and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds with a full load. The average length of a semi-truck is 53 feet—or 45 feet longer than a large motorcycle. With this size and weight difference in mind, one can understand why truck-on-motorcycle accidents are so deadly.
One common source of motorcycle-on-truck accidents are blind spots. Truckers frequently fail to see riders while attempting a lane merge. Motorcycles are fast, so they can enter a trucker’s blindspot quickly. Even though motorcycles are harder to see on the road than larger cars, truck drivers are always responsible for driving safely and vigilantly.
What If My Accident Involved a Truck?
If you or someone you know was hit by a semi-truck while on a motorcycle, speak with us as soon as possible. We can guide you through the proper steps to strengthen your ability to recover. For instance, our firm has in the past set our clients up with doctors who provide thorough, cutting-edge care. Seeing a doctor immediately after your accident creates a clear bridge between the accident and your injuries.
Contact a qualified truck accident attorney for help with your case. A truck accident lawyer will help you with your insurance claim to ensure it is fair, and we will be prepared to take your case to court if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement.
Cal Arnold & Itkin’s Truck Accident Attorneys at (888) 490-0442
If you have suffered injuries caused by a large truck, call the attorneys from Arnold & Itkin today. We know injuries caused by truck accidents are frequently severe, and we also know motorcyclists are often the victims of truck driver negligence. You shouldn't have to bear the stress of medical bills, lost wages, and the prospect of future care. Arnold & Itkin has challenged some of the nation’s largest trucking companies, and our attorneys have won billions of dollars for clients going through some of the most difficult moments of their lives. Our mission is to hold the trucking industry accountable for reckless behavior to protect drivers, to protect motorcyclists, and to protect everyone on the road.
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