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Big Truck Size
Even more dangerous than the average large truck are the large trucks that exceed federal limits for weight and size. These overloaded large trucks take longer to brake, are more prone to roll over in crashes, further minimize a passenger car occupant’s chance for survival, and damage roads and bridges at increased rates even when slightly overloaded.
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In addition, a majority of the American public, 88%, is opposed to allowing bigger, heavier trucks on the highway. According to a poll, 78% are even willing to pay more in costs of goods and services in exchange for more stringent truck standards. In fact, many citizens and activists are calling for a freeze on the size and weight of large trucks for several safety and damage reasons including the following:
The chances of a large truck being involved in a large truck accident that includes a fatality increases with each extra ton of weight over the 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight that is the federal limit. In fact, a truck weighing even 80,000 pounds is twice as likely as a truck weighing 50,000 pounds to be involved in a fatal large truck accident.
One 80,000-pound large truck may do as much wear-and-tear damage to a highway as 9,600 passenger vehicles. Overloaded trucks do far more damage, yet do not pay in taxes and fees anywhere near the money proportionate to the increased damage.
Trailer lengths continue to grow longer. The industry standard in the 1960s was 40 feet, in the 1970s 48 feet, in the late 1980s 53 feet. Some states even allow 57- and 59-foot trailers. And multiple-trailer trucks have serious handling problems that lead to instability, which can contribute to jackknifing, overturning, and lane encroachments.
Number of Trucks
Even after federal increases in the allowed weight and size of large trucks, historically the number of trucks on the road has not decreased. The number of trucks on the road, the number of trips, and the number of miles traveled have not decreased despite increases in large truck weight and size allowances, and U.S. highways have not become safer.
Most highways are not structured to accommodate the ever-increasing size of large trucks. Even many interstate ramps are not built to allow passage of even a 48-foot trailer, much less the combination trucks carrying a 53-foot trailer. In addition, many highways boast driving lanes too narrow to be safely negotiated by both passenger vehicles and large trucks.
Overloaded large trucks are not equipped with the adjustments needed to achieve even the stopping time of a large truck within the legal weight limits; loaded large trucks take 20-40% longer to stop than cars, at least the length of a football field. A truck weighing 100,000 pounds with unadjusted brakes travels 25% further than an 80,000-pound truck; a 120,000-pound truck travels 50% further.
Don’t go it alone. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need an experienced Gainesville, Florida truck accident lawyer on your side. Contact Steven A. Bagen & Associates. Call us toll free at 1-800-684-4024.
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