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Weight requirements are meant to curb truck accidents

Most drivers on Florida roads are going to have to deal with large trucks at some point. Especially when driving on interstate highways and other main arteries of the state's transportation system, drivers will often encounter commercial vehicles that are much bigger and heavier than their own. While most people understand that these vehicles are necessary to the state's economy, they may not realize that there are restrictions on how long and heavy these trucks can be.

Because the length and weight of a vehicle can have a profound effect on the way it handles for a driver, that amount of stress put on systems like steering and braking, and the amount of force behind the vehicle if it collides with something, Florida has regulations regarding maximum size and weight of commercial vehicles. For the most common type of vehicles seen on the state's roads, i.e. semi-trailer trucks, the gross weight of the vehicle cannot exceed 80,000 pounds, and the length must be under 48 or 51 feet, depending on the configuration of the rig.

Astute readers may notice that this means that trucks on Florida's roads may routinely weigh up to 4 tons. Further, in some circumstances, companies and drivers can receive permits to transport loads above this weight. As might be expected, being hit by anything weighing that much, especially at a highway-level speed is going to pose the risk of extensive damage and extreme injury.

Possibly more dangerous are those companies and drivers who do not adhere closely to the state's weight regulations. Overloading a truck can cause all kinds of safety issues, increasing not only the damage potential of an accident, but the likelihood of one happening in the first place. Florida drivers who have been injured in a commercial vehicle accident may wish to consider contacting an experienced injury attorney.

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