Overloaded Commercial Trucks
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One of the most common causes of truck accidents is overloaded and improperly loaded cargo. Despite the weight limits set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truckers and trucking companies continue to overload their vehicles to meet deadlines faster and save money.
If you suffered a serious injury in a collision caused by an overloaded or improperly loaded truck, Rourke & Blumenthal is ready to help you pursue your entitled compensation. With more than 150 years of collective experience, our Columbus truck accident lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of state and federal trucking laws to guide you through the complexities of your case.
Dangers of Overloaded & Improperly Loaded Trucks
According to FMCSA regulations, the maximum legal weight limit of a commercial truck is a total of 80,000 pounds—20,000 pounds per axle. Studies have shown that a fully loaded 80,000-pound truck is twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash compared to a truck weighing only 50,000 pounds.
The following are common hazards associated with overloaded and improperly loaded trucks:
- They take longer to stop.
- They are difficult to maneuver.
- They are more susceptible to rollovers.
- The added weight can increase tire pressure, resulting in a tire blowout.
Many people assume commercial truck drivers are carrying large loads, but few know that there are actually federal regulations that make sure their load is of a safe weight and is properly anchored. If overloading was the cause of your injury, it's likely that the driver or company tried to cut corners with their shipment. If this is the case, it can easily be discovered and used against them in the process of retaining the compensation you deserve.
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