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What Makes a Truck Accident in South Carolina So Dangerous?

Every traffic accident has the potential to be extremely dangerous. Whether a car, a bus, or a pedestrian is involved in the crash, the chance of sustaining a severe injury still exists. However, there is one type of traffic accident that can be a bit more dangerous than others. Being involved in a traffic accident with a truck can have devastating consequences.

The sheer size of a truck can make a collision with one much more dangerous than any other types of accident. A truck can weigh up to 30 times more than a standard car. This means that the impact can have an immense amount of force behind it. The potential for a severe accident is significantly increased based on the size of the truck alone.

How Truck Accidents Happen

The capability of a truck’s brakes can also be a significant factor in what causes problems in a truck accident. A standard car can stop relatively quickly compared to a truck. The braking distance that trucks require to stop safely is up to 40 times greater than that of a car in the best conditions. This number does not account for other factors both within and outside the control of the truck driver. Poorly maintained brakes can increase the amount of stopping distance that a truck needs. A wet road can also make the stopping distance required of a large truck much longer.

truck accidentsWhile there are federal laws that regulate how long a truck driver may operate a vehicle at one time, many drivers often exceed that limit. While a truck driver is allowed to drive for 11 hours at a time, there are always drivers who will exceed that amount before taking a break. This can lead to dangerous truck driver fatigue. If the truck driver is too tired, they will not be as alert. A fatigued driver can quickly become unsafe to other drivers on the road when their likelihood to cause an accident is increased.

South Carolina Accidents Involving a Truck

In 2016, 76 people were killed in accidents involving a truck tractor. Another 1,582 people were injured in accidents involving trucks. While the number of fatalities was down slightly from 2015, the number of injuries did increase. Overall, there were 1,020 traffic fatalities in the state of South Carolina in 2016. While truck accidents are not the most significant proportion of this total amount of deaths, 7.5 percent is still is a considerable amount.

South Carolina Lawyers for Truck Accidents

If you or a loved one is overwhelmed by the damages accrued in the aftermath of a truck accident, you do not have to take on this difficult situation alone. At The NYE Law Group, our experienced attorneys can help you to figure out if you are eligible for compensation after your truck accident. This compensation can help with the emotional, physical, and financial damages you suffered after your accident. Contact our firm today for a free case evaluation to determine your next steps.

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