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Possible changes coming to trucking regulations

While federal trucking regulations are normally focused on making the roads safer for truck drivers and others on the road, some are questioning whether the provisions in the 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill are in the public's best interest. The bill proposes an increase in how long truck drivers can drive without taking a break and would also increase the maximum length for double trailers.

Unsurprisingly, the trucking companies are a driving force behind the proposed changes, with companies like FedEx and Old Dominion Freight Line arguing that the changes would mean fewer trips for truckers while still increasing production. The bill would change the maximum length of double trailers from 28 feet to 33 feet, but opponents of the rider say that the changes would take an already dangerous situation and make it worse.

Double trailers are harder to control and maneuver and, according to a volunteer coordinator for Truck Safety Coalition NC, cause more truck accidents and related deaths than the regular sized trailers. Those against the changes believe that allowing bigger trucks on the highway for longer hours would increase the number of tired drivers, putting the safety of everyone on the road at risk.

Trucking accidents are often caused by many factors, but it is impossible to deny that the weight and size of the vehicles, and the inherent difficulty of maneuvering them through traffic, increase the chances of a serious accident. When you or someone you love have been injured in a truck accident, it's important to determine the cause and understand what the options moving forward are.

Source: FOX 8, "House bill could change trucking regulations," Stephanie Ando, accessed June 08, 2015

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