State and federal laws regulate the trucking industry to big rigs operate in a safe manner. And recently, federal legislators recently shot down efforts that would’ve allowed longer trucks on our roads.
A transportation bill that was recently up for consideration by the U.S. Senate proposed allowing the length of twin trailers hauled by semi-trucks to increase from 28 feet to 33 feet. According to the Miami Herald, current laws allow trucks of this length to operate in only a handful of states, while a dozen states have banned the longer trucks outright.
Those in favor of the changes stated that longer trucks would increase efficiency within the transportation industry, while also helping to reduce costs. Opponents of the rules claimed that longer trucks would increase accidents, injuries, and fatalities on interstates.
The Senate voted to oppose the measure and encouraged members of a joint committee to take note of the decision.
The legal staff at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers recognizes the dangers large trucks can pose on our roadways, which is why our Indiana personal injury attorneys would like to applaud the efforts of our lawmakers to keep longer, larger trucks off of the interstate.