Dangers of Truck and SUV Accidents
We all aspire to be cautious drivers and keep the roadways safe. However, as design and manufacturing of vehicles becomes safer than ever, some vehicles prove to be safer than others. Large trucks and 18 wheelers as well as SUV’s are often more prone to more dangerous kinds of accidents. Large trucks and 18 wheelers can cause far more damage on the road if there is a defect within the vehicle or if control of the vehicle is lost. This is simply due to their size, weight, and design. SUV’s are more prone to rollover accidents and often lack the safety standards expected from other vehicles.
Common causes or truck accidents are: drunk driving, mechanical defects, and truck driver errors. These are all scenarios which any truck driver or driver of a similarly large vehicle should be aware of and do their best to avoid. While certain accidents are inevitable, many are preventable if proper precautions are taken.
A study done by the National Highway Safety Administration revealed that “SUVs are 75% more likely to be involved in rollover accidents than are traditional cars. Furthermore, the administration estimates that the safest SUVs are still more likely to roll over in an accident than the least safe sedans.” This is why sedans are generally less expensive to insure. There are many factors that go into determining insurance rates though, so it’s difficult to say how much of a role this plays in final costs.
Wausau car accident attorneys will tell you that truck and SUV accidents are some of the most dangerous and stressful incidents that can occur on the road. Often times, truck accidents do not simply happen without the oversight or error of those involved. They are unfortunately often the fault of the carelessness or neglect of another. In these cases the victim may be owed certain damages.