Truckers have a difficult job. They are frequently in charge of a vehicle loaded with goods, face strict delivery deadlines, and drive long hours alone. To make matters more complicated for these important members of the nation’s economy, driving a truck is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Data collected in 2016 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that driving is the most dangerous job in America. During that year, 918 drivers died while working. The profession with the second most fatalities was farming, and it trailed significantly with 260 fatalities.
Stress truck drivers experience can add up, and weigh stations might feel like an arbitrary hassle. However, weigh stations are more than a requirement; they are a crucial component that keeps trucks safe and efficient. The reasons listed below show how weighing trucks benefit drivers, employers, and every other person on the road.
Reason 1: Safety
While this is the most obvious benefit of weighing trucks, the advantages of a properly weighed truck cannot be overstated. While many trucks are involved with fatal accidents—as nearly 5,000 truckswere in 2017—their occupants are the ones who die least often. Passengers of other smaller vehicles are most often the ones who pay the steepest prices during a truck accident.
First, trucks have a limit on how much weight they can carry. When a truck is overloaded, it becomes more difficult to control and could cause an accident as a result. During the most extreme instances, an overloaded truck can have a mechanical failure or tire blowout that causes an accident. An overloaded truck might be too slow to avoid an accident, lose the ability to stop efficiently, or lose control around corners or other situations that require them to be as nimble as possible.
Reason 2: Structural Limitations of Roads
Truck failure is not the only safety-related reason to avoid overloading a truck. Roads have a maximum weight that they can structurally handle. Semis are the only vehicles on the road which come even close to being able to reach the weight limits of a road, and they must be carefully weighed because of this. A road’s weakest point typically influences its overall weight limit. So, the strength of overpasses and bridges are often most important for weight limits.
Reason 3: Taxes & Profits
Taxes help pay for wear and tear that trucks do to roads and bridges. Truck operators pay taxes based on weight so that they are charged according to how much stress their vehicles are placing on the nation’s infrastructure.
A company also needs to weight their truck properly to ensure that they are estimating costs efficiently and not overloading or underloading a truck. A load that's too light can create multiple trips that are not cost-effective. On the other head, heavy loads can create delays at weigh stations, fines, or make a company liable for damages if an accident involving the truck occurs.
If You’ve Suffered Because of an Overweight Truck, Call Arnold & Itkin Today at (888) 490-0442
If you or someone you love has suffered because of an overweight truck, recovery is possible. The points above mean that any time a truck’s weight contributes to an accident it’s unacceptable. First, overloaded trucks harm all drivers and passengers on the road. Next, they harm the profits of companies. These factors combine to make keeping a truck’s weight correct is in the ethical and financial interest of a truck operator.
At Arnold & Itkin, we know that surviving a truck accident is only half the battle. Accidents with heavy trucks cause significant injuries and require money for medical bills, time lost at work, pain, and suffering, and other struggles that occur because of an accident. We fight for clients at the negotiation table or in a courtroom so that they can receive the compensation that they need from those who caused their injuries. Our track record doesn’t lie—our dedication to client success has garnered billions of dollars in settlements and victories.
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