Monday, October 19, 2015

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Proposed Transportation Bill

Congress is reviewing legislation that would expand the length and weight-hauling capacity of commercial trucks on U.S. roadways. The provision is part of the 2016 transportation funding bill. If passed, the bill could potentially override truck safety laws in 39 U.S. states, including Maryland. Nearly 4,000 Americans are killed and another 100,000 are injured every year in truck accidents and the problem only seems to be growing. The U.S. has seen a 17% increase in fatalities and a 28% increase in truck accident injuries over the past four years. The massive size and weight of large commercial trucks is a major factor in deciding who suffers the most in the event of an accident. Last year, passenger vehicle occupants, bikers and pedestrians accounted for 84% of truck accident fatalities. The proposed bill would add another 10 feet to the maximum allowable length of trucks that pull two trailers. Current federal laws cap the length of trailers at 28 feet. The proposed provision, dubbe

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