Commercial trucks weigh as much as 80,000 pounds compared to the 3,000-4,000 pounds of a typical passenger vehicle. Under ideal weather conditions, a commercial truck traveling at highway speeds can have a stopping distance that would cover the length of an entire football field. Fully loaded, that same truck would take twice that distance to come to a stop. Large trucks also have blind spots on their sides, rear and front.
Injuries from a truck collision can be much more severe simply due to the weight and force behind them. Severe and lasting injuries raise the stakes for everyone involved and can make trucking accidents more complex. For example, drivers who carry a commercial license are required to submit to drug and alcohol screening after causing an accident while on the job.
While you focus on recovery, let the Macfarlane Legal Works team take care of the paperwork, gather records, and protect your interests. We understand that the time period following a serious accident is stressful, and it is important to us to ease that stress and help you move forward.