Were You Injured in an 18-Wheeler Accident in Michigan?
An 18-wheeler truck is also known as a semi-trailer tractor unit used to carry freight or transfer commercial goods and make up a large percentage of Michigan truck accidents. These fully-loaded vehicles are at least 80,000 pounds in weight. Michigan, however, has the highest or heaviest allowable weight limit of any state for 18-wheeler trucks at 164,000 pounds.
Due to its weight and size, 18-wheeler accidents can be particularly devastating and lethal. These vehicles are hard to stop when badly maneuvered or driven too fast. These trucks also cause more damage during a crash compared to regular vehicles.
Between 2007 and 2017, fatalities and fatal crashes involving 18-wheeler trucks in the state of Michigan averaged from 61 to 124 victims per year or about 7.63 instances per a million people, as per the U.S. Department of Transportation. Although these numbers are lower compared to other states, they don’t take away the fact that an 18-wheeler accident can still be a traumatic and exhausting experience for the victim.