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What should you know about the dangers of logging trucks?

Logging is a necessary industry in our economy. People across the country rely on timber for their homes, furniture and other items. How does raw timber get from the forests of Missouri and elsewhere to various destinations? Like many other items that are shipped across the United States, large trucks are usually involved. As you know, commercial trucks are a factor in many accidents.

The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that the timber industry is one of the most dangerous professions in the country. Logging workers face numerous dangers, from cutting down trees to transporting cargo on trucks. However, your safety can also be at risk around logging trucks, as the following points illustrate:

  • An unbalanced load might cause the chains securing logs to break, or the truck to tip or jackknife.
  • Overhanging cargo might be unstable or present a risk to nearby traffic.
  • If a logging truck is inadequately flagged or poorly illuminated and is not sufficiently visible to drivers, an accident might occur.
  • Common truck driver hazards, such as fatigue, distraction and speed, are as prevalent among logging trucks as any other big rig.

When you encounter a shipment of timber on the highway, it is wise to give the truck a wide berth. As soon as you are safely able, you might want to go around the truck. A trucking company may be held liable for any unsafe conditions, such as negligent driving or improper loading, which result in an accident.

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