The size and weight of a vehicle is directly related to the amount of time and space necessary to bring that vehicle to a halt when it’s moving. The larger and heavier the vehicle, the more time and space it needs to come to stop, and the greater the force of the impact if that vehicle is involved in an accident.
In the case of commercial tractor-trailers, studies have shown it can take these vehicles the length of a football field to stop when traveling at highway speeds. Our Indiana truck accident attorneys at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers point out that if you’ve ever had to stop unexpectedly in highway traffic, you understand that kind of time and space isn’t always available.
Despite these findings, the trucking industry has been pushing for the federal government to allow longer and heavier truck and trailer combinations to take to the road. They say longer trucks present no greater risk to motorists than the vehicles that are currently on the road.
This prompted the Federal Highway Administration to conduct a study on the safety of longer, heavier trucks. Their researchers were unable to conclude whether the trucks were safer or more dangerous. According to an article from Land Line, the results have led officials to recommend no changes be made to size and weight limits for commercial trucks.
Our Indiana personal injury attorneys at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers recognize the importance of always making highway safety a priority, and we hope Congress will abide by the study’s recommendation and uphold current size and weight restrictions on commercial tractor-trailers.