There are federal limits to the size of trucks on the road. The law allows twin 28-foot tractor-trailers, but does not allow twin 33-foot trailers. The 2016 appropriations bill included a provision to change the rules to permit twin 33 foot tractor trailers but the issue is hotly debated. In fact, even trucking groups split on the issue.
The American Trucking Association is neutral, while Americans for Modern Transportation is in favor of allowing longer twin tractor trailers and the Truckload Carriers of Association is opposed.
The Truckload Carriers Association is concerned about the cost of paying for a new fleet to stay competitive, while Americans for Modern Transportation believe that allowing for longer trucks could help to improve efficiency. What is most important, however, is safety. If longer trucks are allowed and more accidents happen, more motorists could be hurt or even killed in truck crashes.
Trucking companies who use these longer trucks could be held liable for any losses, as could truck drivers if the truckers operate the trucks in unsafe ways. An Atlanta truck accident attorney can provide assistance to all truck accident victims hurt in collisions, regardless of the size of the trucks which cause them injury. Continue Reading