Timber logging is one of the most dangerous occupations in the US. From cutting down the trees to loading them onto trucks and transporting them, there are always dangers both to the workers and other parties that may cross paths with the trucks. Drivers operating logging trucks need to exercise caution on the roads the ensure the big rigs do not cause crashes. The operators of other vehicles also need to give enough space to avoid the cargo which may be overhanging from the trucks.
Balancing the load is very important. When the cargo is not balanced, it may cause the chains securing the logs to break and cause the load to fall onto the roadways. Unbalanced logs can also cause the truck to tip over or jackknife. Overhanging logs pose major risks to other motorists who may be traveling close to the trucks. logs can also cause imbalance and instability if they are left overhanging from a truck. Logging trucks need to be properly flagged and illuminated to make them more visible to other drivers. Failure to do so could lead to deadly collisions.
Truck drivers and companies may also need to take seriously such things as fatigue, schedules, distraction, speed, weather, and training. Due to the type and weight of cargo being transported, accidents involving logging trucks may be very catastrophic and could lead to multiple fatalities.