Injury sustained in truck accidents can be severe. While most cars weigh about 5,000 pounds, big rigs can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. The size disparity reflects the risk that large trucks pose.
Unlike cars or lighter vehicles, the trucking industry is regulated. Drivers are restricted in the number of hours and the miles per shift they drive, must adhere to weight and loading restrictions, and strictly follow alcohol and drug policies. Sleep deprivation, failure to take rest breaks, and incentives or pressure to deliver on time can lead to catastrophic consequences.