When it comes to accidents on the highways, certain vehicles are associated with worse outcomes than others. Three types of vehicles in particular have these negative outcomes, either for the driver of the vehicle or for the people in the vehicle they hit. These three are:
- Motorcycles, where the small size of the vehicle makes it more likely other drivers do not see them, and where the small vehicle size and lack of airbags and seatbelts mean the rider is more likely to be seriously injured or killed
- The tractor trailer, because the size and weight of the vehicle generate significantly more force than standard vehicles, resulting in more devastating injuries
- SUVs, because the larger vehicle causes more damage to other vehicles in an accident, and because SUVs are more likely to roll over than other cars
An accident on the I-80 involving all three of these types of vehicles led to the interstate being closed for hours on April 15th, 2015. Investigators believe that the types of vehicles involved led directly to the accident, as the driver of the tractor trailer swerved at the last moment to avoid the motorcycle that had been in his blind spot. The SUV attempted to brake, but couldn’t brake in time.
Traffic accidents remain one of the primary causes of death and disability in America. Though we might be safe drivers, there is no way to know if the person in the next lane in the big truck is about to do something dangerous, and no matter how quick we react we might be too late. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney to help you determine your options for seeking the care you need and are entitled to.