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How can logging truck crashes happen?

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2023 | Truck Accidents

Logging trucks are a common sight on many roads, especially in areas with a significant timber industry. According to Zippia, there are over 428,319 log truck drivers in America. These massive vehicles play an important role in transporting logs and supporting local economies.

However, the potential dangers associated with logging trucks and any issues that can result from collisions are serious for those in cars. Learning about ways that these accidents happen is one way to stay aware.

Overloaded trucks

One of the key concerns when it comes to logging trucks is overloading. These trucks are often stacked high with heavy logs, pushing their weight limits to the maximum.

When overloaded, they become more challenging to control, especially on winding roads or during adverse weather conditions. This increases the risk of accidents that can result in injuries to other drivers, passengers or pedestrians.

Limited visibility

Logging trucks typically have large, bulky loads that obstruct the driver’s view. This limited visibility can make it challenging for truck drivers to spot smaller vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians in their vicinity. When drivers of smaller vehicles attempt to pass or maneuver around logging trucks, they may be hard to see, leading to accidents and potential injuries.

Difficulty in maneuvering

Logging trucks are much longer and less maneuverable than standard passenger vehicles. Negotiating tight turns or sudden stops can be problematic for truck drivers. If a logging truck has to make an abrupt move due to unforeseen circumstances, it can result in collisions or injuries for other road users.

Falling cargo hazards

Logs carried by logging trucks can sometimes come loose during transit. These falling logs pose a significant hazard to vehicles following behind the truck. Depending on the size and speed of the falling logs, they can cause severe damage to vehicles and result in injuries to the occupants.

Maintenance issues

Maintenance of logging trucks is important for safe operation. However, because of the demanding nature of their work and other reasons, some logging trucks may not receive regular maintenance. This can lead to mechanical failures, such as brake problems or tire blowouts, which can result in accidents and injuries on the road.

Due to their size and how they operate, logging trucks can be a source of worry and stress for anyone near them. Being vigilant is part of dealing with logging trucks as they drive close to smaller vehicles.