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Commercial trucks are heavy, but how heavy can they get?

If you find yourself cringing when a big commercial truck approaches your vehicle from any direction, you are not alone. Sharing the roads with these hulking giants is frightening, especially if you stay up-to-date about the number of truck accidents that occur in Illinois.

Many motorists operating regular-sized cars and pickups dread these encounters and invoke whatever superstition, like crossing their fingers, they can think of that might keep them safe.

Logically, you know crossing your fingers will not help you, but the dread is so intense that you may not be able to stop yourself. They are huge and weigh many thousands of pounds, but could these trucks get even heavier? If the issue of increasing trucking weight limits is left in the hands of many of the nation’s food distributors and haulers, it will happen.

In 2017, a coalition comprised of over 80 agricultural shippers and other groups presented a program aimed to increase trucking weight limits from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds on federal interstates. Members of the coalition view the prospect of increasing load weights as a way to save money.

Fortunately, the Department of Transportation shares the public’s concern over the issue. It tasked a science panel with looking into the matter and making recommendations. The panel identified several key areas of concern, including the damaging effect heavier trucks may have on the nation’s bridges and highway systems.

With truck accidents already a danger for Aurora citizens, the prospect of sharing the road with heavier commercial vehicles sounds like a recipe to increase their risk of incurring severe injuries. In an era when the vast majority of people want safer roads, it may come down to a face-off between public opinion and big business.

In this fight, as well as in the battle to hold truckers and trucking companies responsible for injuring innocent citizens in a truck accident, you will find no better advocate than a personal injury attorney. When we all work together, we can change not just the way courts handle truck accidents, but the way the nation deals with the entire industry.