Anyone who has driven along Atlanta’s I-285 next to a tractor-trailer truck understands the massive size difference between a regular car or truck and these behemoth vehicles. The sheer size difference alone raises the risk of serious injury or death in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, large trucks are not getting smaller. Instead, they are getting larger. The latest tractor-trailers now consist of triple-trailer trucks that are over 100 feet long and weigh more than 100,000 pounds. Turnpike doubles are even larger, weighing up 135,000 pounds or more and reaching lengths of 120 feet.
Seven Reasons Why Larger Tractor-trailers Are Dangerous to Motorists
Wondering why the growing size of large trucks should be a concern to Atlanta motorists? The following is an overview:
- Trucks that are 80,000 pounds or heavier are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal auto accident as trucks that weigh 50,000 pounds or less.
- Double-trailer trucks are 32 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident as trucks that have only a single trailer.
- The financial damages created by a deadly crash involving a tractor-trailer that has a double or triple trailer are higher than those caused by any other type of fatal car accident.
- Trucks that have double or triple trailers are very difficult to stop and to control.
- Triple trailer trucks are far more likely to sway back and forth across lanes than smaller trucks, risking the safety of other motorists. This is the case even in the event that there is no wind and no curves in the road.
- Larger tractor-trailers are more likely to roll over or separate when a sudden maneuver is needed.
- Rounding curves or intersections can be more difficult for larger trucks, causing the trailer to encroach into other lanes of traffic.
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