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Why are 18-Wheelers the Most Ominous Vehicles on the Road?

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by Admin

The 18-wheeler is the largest vehicle on the road today.  By sheer size alone, it commands respect from other drivers.  When involved in a truck accident with an 18-wheeler, passenger cars do not stand much of a chance.  However, your chances in a court of law may be quite different than on the road.  A skilled and experienced lawyer can do much to level the playing field when handling an Atlanta tractor-trailer accident case.

The federal government regulates the size and weight of large trucks and requires that state governments comply with their regulations.  Under 23 United States Code (USC) 127 (a) and (b), the interstate weight limitations on trucks are:

  • 20,000 pounds carried on one axle
  • Tandem axle weight of 34,000 pounds
  • Gross weight of at least 80,000 pounds for vehicle combinations of five axles or more

And of course, 18-wheelers fall into the 80,000 pounds weight category.  Because cab lengths vary, truck lengths also vary, but an average 18-wheeler length ranges between 70 to 80 feet.  Based on the weight, length, speed, cargo weight and road conditions, it usually takes an 18-wheeler 40 percent more time to stop than it takes an automobile.  Today’s trucks typically have 10 brakes, and the law requires them to be anti-lock brakes.

The types of injuries sustained for those who survive an 18-wheeler accident are usually severe.  Recovering adequate compensation from liable parties is crucial for relieving the financial burden involved with serious injury.

If you’ve been hurt in a Truck Accident, you should speak to our trucking accident lawyers immediately. Please call The Cochran Firm Atlanta today at (404) 222-9922 for a free consultation.

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