Larger trucks, more accidents coming to Illinois roadways?

On behalf of <span class="byline-author">Mike Clancy</span>

Trucking safety has been a major point of emphasis for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the government agency that is tasked with regulating our nation’s trucking companies. The FMCSA has been trying to reduce the number of individuals that are killed each year in trucking accidents, and has passed many rules that are focused on improving the safety of the roads for all motorists.

The trucking industry has had to adapt to these rules, which has led companies to make changes that keep an eye on the bottom line. Because of the challenges facing the industry, some have called for larger trucks on roadways. Congress is currently considering a proposal which would allow companies to use heavier trucks to transport more goods at one time, but the proposal has been met with opposition.

Some feel that the nation’s infrastructure is not equipped to handle larger vehicles. Accidents like the recent bridge collapse in Washington could become much more common, because bridges and other roadways were not designed for these types of trucks.

Placing heavier trucks on roadways could also threaten the safety of other drivers. Tractor-trailers are very top-heavy vehicles, with a high center of gravity. This limits the truck driver’s ability to manuever the vehicles, and leaves little room for error to avoid crashes. If driving heavier trucks, it will may result in a driver having less control over the vehicle.

Those motorists injured in trucking accidents may be eligible for compensation due to the negligence of the truck drivers. They may wish to discuss their potential claims with a personal injury attorney to learn more about the types of compensation that may be available. Truck accidents often result in extremely serious injuries, and it is important that motorists are able to obtain the care they need while they recover from their injuries.

Source: Land Line, “Supersized trucks? The professionals on the road say no,” David Tanner, June 6, 2013.

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