Lawmakers Oppose Allowing Longer Commercial Trucks

by Staff Blogger | November 11th, 2015

Many factors can play a role in causing commercial tractor-trailer accidents, but some of the most common causes of truck accidents  are safety violations. A majority of these violations are related to trucks being oversize or overweight.

Considering the number of crashes caused by trucks that are too large, many motorists are now relieved that lawmakers voted against reforms that would allow longer commercial trucks on our roads.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate opposed a measure that would increase the legal length of twin commercial truck trailers from 28 feet to 33 feet. Those in favor of the changes argued allowing longer truck trailers would increase the amount of goods that could be moved in a single trip, increasing transportation efficiency and lowering costs. However, opponents of the measure successfully countered those notions, pointing out that longer trucks have been shown to increase the chances of accidents occurring.

According to The Hill, the call for an increase to the length of truck trailers was left off of a recently approved transportation bill, but these changes could be added back to the bill at a later time.

The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law applaud the efforts made by lawmakers to keep our highways safe by limiting the size of commercial tractor-trailers.