Transporting goods efficiently is a cornerstone of our economy, and large trucks play a pivotal role in this process.
However, the importance of proper loading is a necessity. Improperly loaded trucks significantly increase the risk of accidents, posing dangers not only to the drivers but to everyone sharing the road.
Uneven weight distribution
One of the primary culprits behind accidents involving large trucks is uneven weight distribution. When loading cargo without careful consideration of weight balance, it can lead to instability on the road. An imbalanced load can cause the truck to sway or tilt during turns or sudden maneuvers, making it challenging for the driver to maintain control.
Increased stopping distance
Properly loaded trucks factor in the importance of weight on stopping distance. Inadequate distribution of cargo can lengthen the required stopping distance, especially in emergencies. This extended stopping distance may result in collisions, as the truck’s braking system struggles to cope with the disproportionate load.
Heightened risk of rollovers
Poorly loaded trucks are more susceptible to rollover accidents, where the vehicle tips over onto its side. This risk intensifies when the cargo is top-heavy or concentrated on one side. Rollovers are not only dangerous for the truck driver but pose a serious threat to other motorists.
Improperly loaded cargo can obstruct the driver’s line of sight, compromising visibility on the road. Blocked mirrors or restricted views make it challenging for the driver to anticipate and react to surrounding traffic. This impaired visibility increases the likelihood of collisions, especially during lane changes or when navigating congested areas.
Sharing the road with large comes with inherent risks. In 2021, injury crashes involved 117,300 large trucks. It is important to recognize the impact of cargo management on road safety and advocate for responsible loading practices.