With the extensive experience we have had as truck crash attorneys, know that longer trucks mean greater danger on Interstate highways. Others in Florida share our opinion. In September of 2015, the Sun Sentinel editorial board passionately and convincingly wrote about the hazards motorists face if forced to share the road with trucks approximately 91 feet in length. The editorial board hit the issue right on the nose.
Congress proposed allowing interstate commercial carriers the option of connecting two-33 foot long trailers (sometimes referred to as “twin-33s”) hitched together by a dolly to a tractor. Federal law permits two-28 foot long trailers (“twin-28s”). Anecdotally, the editorial board argued that passing two-28 foot long trailers hitched together is difficult. The board noted that these trailers are difficult to overtake or pass because the wind blows them around. The board speculates that adding 10 feet to the passing distance will make passing harder. The board did note that approximately 4,000 people were killed and about 100,000 people injured in large truck accidents annually. Twin-28s already have an 11% higher fatality rate than the standard length 53-foot tractor trailers.
Other evidence supports this claim. An independent study recently published from the University of Tennessee estimates that truck crash fatalities will increase by 200 people per year if twin-33s were permitted on the roads. Additionally, the pavement and bridges over which these huge trucks must pass create additional strain on the infrastructure. The independent study determined that bridge and repair costs would reach $5 to $10 Billion annually. Continue reading →