The Alabama legislature has finally come together to pass a bill with respect to steel coil loads. There have been numerous incidents where large trucks have lost their steel coil rolls on state highways. In fact, according to a Birmingham News article, the cost of repairs to state roadways are estimated to be $7.5 million. Fortunately, there have been no deaths reported as a result of the approximately 30 coils which have not been properly secured since 1987. That, in and of itself, is an amazing statistic.
Each of these coils can weigh as much as 46,000 pounds, and they can cause significant damage to persons and property. State Representative Paul DeMarco and State Senator Jabo Waggoner introduced the legislation. Both determined that trucking companies were not following Federal DOT Regulations which led to the loss of the loads.
But, coils are not the only problem in Alabama. How many times have you been next to an 18-wheeler on the interestate? Who hasn’t had a bad experience with a big rig? WE WANT TO KNOW. Tell us your big rig experience whether it was a near miss, a wreck, or a friend or family member. Give us details. You can describe your experience in the comments to this blog.