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A semi-truck accident changes the lives of all parties involved. On average, United States semi-trucks can have a gross accumulative weight of approximately 80,000 pounds. Semi-trucks are an estimated 72 feet long, 8.5 feet wide, and 13.5 feet tall. By federal law, semi-trucks cannot exceed 80,000 pounds. This includes cargo the truck carries on the road. If you have driven down an interstate before, you have seen areas referred to as weigh stations. These stations are specifically for commercial semi-truck drivers. They direct the drivers off of the road and are directed to take weight measurements.

As stated, the trucks legally cannot exceed 80,000 pounds. According to the McCallister law firm, this limit is set for the driver’s safety and everyone else on the road. A semi-truck that exceeds 80,000 pounds will not be able to drive efficiently as the excess weight may cause dangerous accidents if the truck cannot safely maneuver on the roads. For instance, heavier trucks will not be able to make a quick lane change, abrupt stops safely, or swerves if needed.

What Happens If You Exceed Payload Capacity

If a driver weighs their truck and it is slightly over the weight limit, it may not be a major concern. Weigh stations mostly force drivers to stop their operations altogether if their truck overly exceeds the weight limit, as it is a major hazard for the roads. Exceeding the legal weight limits can carry extremely serious consequences. The truck will have to contact another driver to unload the extra weight so that they can continue. This delay could cause the driver and the entire company a lot of money, hindering their time to complete their operations effectively.  If the product arrives late or not, this can cause a rift between the company and the customer.

A truck driver may even go to jail due to having an overweight truck. Some states prohibit this and go to the extent of punishing the driver with as much as two months of jail time. They may also consider revoking the truck driver’s license altogether, depending on the details of the accident.

One of the most common consequences is fines. The amount a driver needs to pay varies state-to-state. A fine of up to $16,000 is the norm for most states; Others may be liable to charge the trucker’s employer up to a $10,000 fine for their trucks exceeding the weight limit. Repeat offenders may have to pay double or even triple in most places.

What Happens If A Trucker Does Not Stop At A Weigh Station?

Time is valuable. This is why truckers do not like stopping at weigh stations, as it slows down their operations. Although weigh stations may be a nuisance, they are extremely necessary. A truck that exceeds the legal weight limit of 80,000 pounds is extremely dangerous to the roads. Each stay has its own set of rules regarding the weight station. In general, commercial vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds have to go to the station, even if they are empty. The only exceptions include if the stations are closed or you obtain a PrePass. Yearly, surveillance cameras are more frequent on roadways so officers can get a good read on a truck that fails to stop at a weigh station. The authorities then have the right to contact the company, which could result in a $300 fine or the driver losing their job.

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By: Automotive Addicts Contributor
Title: How Does Improper Loading of A Semi Cause An Accident?
Sourced From: www.automotiveaddicts.com/77318/how-does-improper-loading-semi-cause-accident
Published Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2022 12:35:42 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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