One of the reasons why truck accidents are often the most severe is because of the size of a truck. These vehicles are many times larger, longer and heavier than a passenger vehicle. When the two get into an accident, the passenger vehicle has the most to lose. You may be aware that there is a weight limit in place for trucks. Weight limits vary based on the roadway because some roads have a design that cannot tolerate heavier vehicles. In addition, bridges may not be strong enough to handle a heavy truck. In any case, the maximum limit is set by federal law at 80,000 pounds, but some people want to see that limit go up.
According to Freight Waves, the idea of raising the maximum weight limit for trucks is to increase productivity. Some advocates also say it would increase safety in long haul situations.
However, far more people are against it. The 80,000-pound maximum has been law since the early 1990s. Trucks on the roads have designs met to meet this limit. To increase the limit would mean big changes to axles, engines and brake systems, which would cost companies quite a bit of money. There is no guarantee that being able to carry extra freight would actually help the industry. There is a concern that it could end up with a loss.
There is also a concern that it would not make trucks safer because many trucks have to travel off the interstate, and those roads do not have a design that can withstand higher weight limits. Furthermore, with increased traffic, a larger and heavier truck is a bigger risk. It already takes trucks longer to stop than passenger vehicles. Making them heavier would only add to that time, which would mean drivers would have to change their habits and get used to driving these heavier trucks. This has the potential to lead to a lot of accidents.