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The Dangers of Overloaded Trucks

Large trucks are crucial to our economy and the transportation industry. Nearly all products are shipped on large trucks for part of their journey from the manufacturer to the consumer. While large trucks are crucial and helpful, they also pose serious risks to other motorists, particularly if a truck is overloaded.

What Is An Overloaded Truck?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set strict weight limits for trucks depending on their size, number of axels, and spread of the axels. The maximum weight limit for a truck is 80,000 pounds; however, this also must include the weight of the truck. Truck drivers are required to stop at all open weigh stations to ensure their loads meet applicable weight requirements.

Why Do Weight Regulations Go Ignored?

The trucking industry often operates within tight deadlines; and, in order to meet deadlines efficiently and economically, trucks are sometimes overloaded in attempt to deliver cargo in fewer trips. While many trucking companies see this as a way to increase efficiency, it poses a variety of risks to the truck driver and other motorists.

Dangers of Overloaded Trucks Can Include:

  • Additional stress on truck tires can cause them to blow out and cause the driver to lose control
  • Overloaded trucks are more difficult to steer
  • Overloaded trucks require a greater amount of time to come to a complete stop
  • Additional weight can cause the brakes to wear out faster
  • Additional weight increases the likelihood of shifting loads

Because of their increased weight and size, overloaded trucks have the potential to cause catastrophic damage in an accident. Victims of truck accidents can suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), back and neck injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and extreme emotional trauma. Victims of truck accidents also face a financial burden from emergency care, surgery, medications, specialty medical equipment, and physical therapy required to recover from their injuries.

Lubbock Overloaded Truck Accident Attorneys

Trucking companies have a responsibility to follow federal regulations designed to keep their drivers and other motorists safe on the roadways. If you were injured in an accident with an overloaded truck, you need the experienced Lubbock truck accident attorneys at Liggett Law Group to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you owe us nothing unless we help you recover compensation. Call us today for a free consultation.