Texas Truck Accident Lawyer Discusses “Mega Trucks”

Dallas, Texas, 07/18/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

The United States is a big country with a lot of wide, open spaces. In flat states with long stretches of highway, it’s not unusual to see semi-trucks with two or more trailers. In hillier states and the vast majority of states in the eastern half of the country, however, you won’t see these “mega” trucks.

The proper name for these supersized semis is “long combination vehicle.” You might also hear them referred to as “triple trailers.” Driving next to one can be a stressful experience — especially in high winds.

Which States Allow Long Combination Vehicles?

The majority of states, including Texas, prohibit long combination vehicles. Additionally, long combination vehicles have been banned on federal highways since 1991.

States that permit long combination vehicles distinguish them not by the number of trailers they pull but by the length of the trailers. States that permit double and triple trailers also restrict them to specific routes.

States that allow doubles less than 100 feet – Washington, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Alaska, and Nebraska.

States that allow double up to and over 100 feet – New York, Florida, and Massachusetts.

States that allow doubles less than 100 feet and triples – Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

States that allow doubles up to and over 100 feet and triples – Oklahoma, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.

Pro-Trucking Advocates Say Long Combination Vehicles Are Too Dangerous

Interestingly, both sides of the trucking safety aisle say that long combination vehicles are too dangerous for the roads. Whatever they gain in efficiency is more than lost in the hazards they pose.

They may be able to move twice as much freight as a regular semi with one trailer, but they put everyone on the road at a much higher risk of being involved in a serious accident. In some cases, even a double trailer can stretch up to 130 feet. These vehicles also weigh well over the 80,000 maximum pound weight permitted for the overwhelming majority of semis.

Texas Truck Accident Lawyer Discusses Double and Triple Trailers

Amy Witherite states: “If you take a road trip through the western half of the country, or you drive on the turnpike or toll road in certain states, you’re likely to spot at least one double or triple trailer. If you find yourself in the vicinity of one of these semi-trucks, maintain a safe distance and pay extra attention to safety. These vehicles have massive blind spots, so be especially vigilant about passing or changing lanes around them.”   

If you’ve been injured in a semi-truck crash, or you have lost someone you love in a truck wreck, compassionate and experienced legal help is available today. Contact a Texas truck accident lawyer right away to discuss your rights and options.

Sources:

  1. https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/freight_analysis/nat_freight_stats/docs/10factsfigures/figure3_4.htm
  2. http://www.smart-trucking.com/long-combination-vehicle.html

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