The number of large commercial vehicles traversing the state of Iowa and on through Illinois along I-80 presents many unique public safety issues and some believe the call for heavier loads and longer trucks to haul them may spell more danger for motorists.
The president of the Iowa State Troopers Association has seen his share of truck accidents during his decades-long service and cannot see how legislative attempts to increase the length of double trailer trucks from 28 to 33 feet and the load five and a half tons is a good idea. Bigger, heavier trucks along Iowa and Illinois highways can only translate into increasingly dangerous roads.
Large commercial trucks already have less ability to maneuver or stop quickly and are at a higher risk of rolling over and some feel that increasing the size only increases the odds of a truck accident. Of course, truck accidents happen year round, rain or shine, but when severe weather strikes, as it does in Iowa and Illinois, the resulting slick roads and reduced visibility only increase the risks.
Driving a big rig is difficult enough, but sometimes accidents occur because of mechanical failures. When performing routine safety checks, the US Department of Transportation already find far more violations for brakes when tractor trailers operate at heavier weights – a cause for alarm given the push to increase size and loads.
Quad Cities Truck Accident Attorneys
Bigger trucks increase danger for motorists on the Interstate highways. Truck accidents involving cars can result in serious injuries and fatalities so it is no wonder that many are concerned about any proposal to increase the size or loads of commercial trucks. If you or your family member has been injured in a truck accident, contact the Quad Cities personal injury law offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for assistance at 563-355-6478 .