Wayne Wright knows bigger trucks will cause more deaths and serious injuries
In a 2016 report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) found the crash rate for heavier trucks (up to 91,000 pounds) could be “400% higher.” According to Truck Smart, a loaded big rig can weigh 80,000 pounds. By comparison, the average car weighs about 4,000 pounds. The average truck is 65 feet long. The average car is 12 – 18 feet long. At 65 miles an hour today, it takes a fully loaded truck 525 feet to stop, the length of 2 football fields.