This includes company trucks, 18-wheelers, construction vehicles, delivery trucks, and oil tankers. To put things in perspective, your average passenger car weighs about 5,000 pounds. Commercial vehicles are heavy. Light trucks are 6000 pounds. The largest 18-wheelers are a whopping 33,000 pounds. A car can’t contend with the sheer size and force behind a commercial vehicle.
These types of accidents have declined since their peak in the 1970s. But, they still cause thousands of fatalities every year.
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Commercial vehicle accidents are extremely dangerous.
Like regular car accidents, commercial vehicle accidents are often caused by driver errors. These are things like excessive speed or driving while fatigued. Unlike regular accidents, there may be other factors at play. Trucking companies may use faulty equipment, or violate safety laws for profitability.