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The Difference Between Semi Truck and Car Accidents

While both are roadway accidents, there are a few main differences between accidents involving a passenger vehicle and a commercial 18-wheeler. It’s important to be aware of these differences and have an attorney with the right experience, so you can obtain the compensation you deserve.

Size And Weight Difference

The average car weighs 4,000 lbs, whereas the average semi truck weighs 80,000 lbs. Because of this, property damage and injuries are significantly more severe than similar situations involving a car. Even at legal speed limits, these trailers will have more of an impact to your vehicle, causing serious damage and potential total loss.

Severity of Injury and Expensive Medical Bills

One of the most unsettling differences in these types of accidents are severe injuries and corresponding bills that come with it. When an 80,000 lbs truck collides with a 4,000 lbs vehicle, injuries and even death are more common. These injuries often mean longer stays in medical facilities, extensive diagnoses and longer recovery time. You must take this factor into account when hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you. Our attorneys not only calculate current medical needs, but future costs that often come with lifelong disabilities.

Liability And Insurance Coverage

In some cases, if an accident with an 18-wheeler occurs due to the negligence of the truck driver, the trucking company or the trucking manufacturer may be held responsible. Because of higher damages and more chances of being held liable, insurance policies can reach up to millions of dollars and insurance companies will do almost anything to get out of liability charges. Don’t get taken down by insurance adjusters - hire an attorney.


Sometimes these accidents can be avoided. With larger blind spots and limited maneuvering, it’s important to know how to share the road with these trucks. You can learn more about our top tips here.

According to the U.S Department of Transportation and the IIHS, there are an average of 500,000 accidents involving an 18-wheeler annually. For each of the reasons listed above, if you are involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you need an attorney with experience in trucking accidents. The attorneys at Alexander Shunnarah understand laws, regulations and insurance policies regarding these specific cases. Call us today at 1-800-229-7989.