Several factors can contribute to truck accidents. Poor weather, high speed, fatigue, distractions and other hazards can cause collisions. According to the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, one of the most common preventable causes of 18-wheeler wrecks is truck overloading.
Despite laws that regulate the size and weight of the load a truck can carry, many drivers and trucking companies ignore these laws to increase their profits. If you were injured by a trucker who was driving an overloaded vehicle, then you may have grounds for a claim.
If the crash happened in Louisiana, contact a New Orleans accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, time off work and other damages. We can help you avoid mistakes such as settling for an amount that is less than what you deserve.
Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation. Until then, read on to learn why overloading a truck is so dangerous:
Why Overloading a Truck Is Dangerous
According to Automotive Fleet, an overloaded truck requires greater braking distance. This is especially true in wet weather. The trucker may not be used to driving so far behind the leading vehicle, and a small error in judgment could cause a fatal accident.
The additional weight may also shift the vehicle’s center of gravity, making it difficult to control. An overloaded truck is prone to instability – particularly in cross winds or when cornering. This can lead to rollovers.
Many overloaded trucks are also at risk of losing their loads. The load on the truck may shift while in transit, causing heavy cargo to fall off the back. This can cause serious accidents with vehicles driving in the adjacent lane.
Truck Overloading Laws
There are laws that regulate the weight of trucks when they are with and without a full load. If the truck driver or trucking company ignores these laws, then the at-fault party may be liable for damages in the event of a crash.
Truck manufacturers in the United States assign a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating to their vehicles. The trucks Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the sum of the weight of the axels, suspension, brakes, powertrain and frame, and trucks cannot carry more than their rating permits.
Most trucks cannot weigh more than 80,000 pounds – with the exception of certain intrastate vehicles. Weigh stations located on most trucking routes allow drivers to check their weight to ensure they are within the legal limit.
If you or a loved one was injured by a negligent truck driver, then you may have grounds for an injury claim against the at-fault driver or trucking organization. An accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC can evaluate your case, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf.
Our firm has been representing the injured for more than three decades. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal options.