Larger Trucks Create Bigger Safety Risk
The owners of large trucking companies are proposing that larger and heavier commercial trucks be allowed to travel interstate highways. The proposed increase in gross vehicle weight would increase from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds. The proposal has been made primarily by the shipping industry using the excuse that this would save fuel and be “Greener” for the environment. Interestingly, the industry cannot substantiate this claim since the same tractors would be hauling an additional 17,000 pounds. The engines are simply not designed for this increased load, and certainly, the braking systems are not sufficient for this increased load. Additionally, the suspension systems of most trailers are not adequate for this stress. The result is a deadly combination that will dramatically impact everyone’s safety on our nation’s highways.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)