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The Dangers on the Road: Understanding Oversized Load Truck Accidents 

Commercial trucks with oversized loads are often found driving alongside us. These loads put a massive amount of stress on the truck’s braking system and increase the necessary stopping distance. It is significantly more difficult for the driver to maintain control of the vehicle when traveling through steep hills or taking sharp turns. 

All of these factors increase the risk of accidents for commercial trucks while the driver performs normal driving maneuvers.

What are Oversized Load Trucks? 

Oversized load trucks are commercial trucks that exceed the federal weight limit of 80,000 LBS, exceeding 10 ft in width or 75 ft in length. If this criteria is met, the truck must have the “Oversize Load” banner on front and rear of the vehicle. Additionally, red flags are required to be fastened to the load (front and rear) at the top and bottom of each side where it is widest.

Increased Risks of Oversized Load Trucks 

Commercial trucks on the road have multiple risks associated with them such as extended blind spots, increased braking distance, and even less control in poor driving conditions. 

Commercial trucks that have oversized loads create more risks due to their reduced maneuverability. Oversized loads will make routine driving exponentially more difficult. 

Any of these factors could be the cause of an oversized load crash.  

Common Causes of Oversized Truck Accidents 

Commercial trucks can have a plethora of factors that result in an accident. 

Weekday traffic increases the number of vehicles on the road. In 2021 78% of truck accidents occurred between 7 A.M. and 6 P.M

Inclement weather is liable to reduce visibility of the driver, causing poor braking conditions for the truck while making the roads slick. 

Distracted driving can be a big problem for all drivers. Commercial truck drivers spend the majority of their day in a truck and tend to multi-task instead of giving the road their complete attention.

Speeding is a big concern with commercial truck drivers. Due to the size of the vehicle, the stopping distance and time are already increased. Adding excess speed into this will only increase both the distance and time required to stop the vehicle. 

How to Stay Safe and Share the Road 

It’s important to keep everyone on the road safe, truck drivers included. 

Trucks have large blind spots around the front, back, and sides of the vehicle. Oversized loads tend to have extended blind spots that you should avoid driving in.

Avoid lingering next to a truck, whether in the blind spot or not.

Trucks need ample space to brake safely, especially when hauling an oversized load. 

By staying out of blind spots and giving them the appropriate amount of space, most truck accidents can be avoided.   

Resources for Truck Safety 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

American Trucking Association (ATA)

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