Chesapeake, VA Truck Accident Lawyers – Are Larger Trucks Coming?
The trucks rumbling over the highways of Virginia (VA) could soon be even larger if Congress opts for a measure to increase load efficiency at the possible cost of increased damage to roads and an uptick in personal injuries caused by trucks.
The Safe and Efficient Transportation Act would increase the maximum weight for commercial trucks on highways to 97,000 pounds in most states, the State reported. At present the current threshold in most locations is 80,000 pounds unless the truck has a permit to be overweight.
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As experienced Norfolk, VA based truck accident injury lawyers we feel this proposal is of concern because it could make the roads of Virginia more dangerous places.
Because of the major disparity in size, tractor-trailer accidents often result in the most devastating of all motor vehicle accidents. The situation could become even worse if trucks are allowed to become heavier.
These Q &As from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety related to large trucks highlight the risks.
On the question of whether large trucks are more likely to roll over the institute states: “Yes. Their high centers of gravity increase the risk of rolling over, particularly on curved ramps. In 2009, 52 percent of deaths among occupants of large trucks occurred in crashes in which their vehicles rolled over, compared with 56 percent of SUV occupant deaths and 47 percent of pickup occupant deaths (both SUVs and pickups also have high centers of gravity). In contrast, 25 percent of car occupant deaths occurred in vehicles that rolled over.”
In a recent truck crash in Chesapeake, VA a truck crossed a median and hit a car, leading to the death of a 73-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car.