On our website under Truck & Bus Accidents, we point out the serious accident involving tractor trailers. These accidents result from truck driver reckless driving in operating their vehicles at excessive rate of speed, drivers who fall asleep and who drive excessive hours, inexperience and over worked drivers, overweight trucks and improperly maintained vehicles with worn tires and brakes.
To add to the dangerous tractor trailer accidents is a proposal in the U.S. Senate in July, 2015. Two Senate Republicans, Richard Selby and Susan Collins proposed to increase the size of semi-trucks allowed on the highways. If this proposal passes, this Federal Law would pre-empt the laws of individual states requiring all states to allow these large semi-trucks on the road. The Law would allow these tractor trailers to be 10 feet long longer than at present. This legislation would make a huge difference in accidents. The new double trailer trucks would be 84 feet long with a cab and two trailers are included. These larger trucks are going to be harder to turn and maneuver and would weigh more. The added weight will make these tractor trailers harder to stop and create added force when they are involved in an accident. The tractor trailer accidents with the longer and heavier trucks will result in catastrophic injuries and death. Tractor trailer accidents already occur all too often and the last thing that is needed is for these trucks to be harder to maneuver and to stop.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that in 2013, 2619 people died in accidents involving semi-trucks. The large tractor trailers will cause more devastating injuries as they are massively larger than common motor vehicles. The Insurance Institute states tractor trailers are hard to operate because the larger trucks have larger blind spots. These blind spots result in truck drivers merging over into vehicles next to them. Increasing the length of these trucks would only increase these accidents. These trucks would have to make wider turns in order to compensate for their extra 10 feet in length which will cause many accidents.
The extra weight of these 10 foot longer trucks will make these vehicles heavier and harder to stop. Even a slight lack of attention by a truck driver will result in worse accidents and more physical injuries. The President of KLLM, a large trucking company recently stated in an interview with “USA – Today” that he has concerns about the proposal of larger tractor trailers. “We have a much younger driving force as everyone struggles to hire qualified drivers”. Even today with 53 feet, truck drivers struggle to maneuver.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor trailer accident, contact us at Dominick J. Robustelli & Associates, PLLC at (914) 288-0800 or on our web page white

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