Driving alongside a semi-truck or tractor-trailer always involves a certain level of risk. However, when those commercial trucks are overloaded, the risk of a truck accident is significantly increased.
Truck drivers are responsible for checking the weight of the load and if it is balanced correctly. Unfortunately, tight deadlines and carelessness can cause a driver to check the weight quickly and inadequately.
Dangers of Overweight Trucks
An overweight truck impacts the maneuverability of the massive vehicle and causes the truck’s mechanical components to be prone to failure due to the extra weight. The trucker can quickly lose control of the truck, and the top-heavy load can result in a rollover or jackknife accident.
An overloaded truck can lead to the following:
- Stress placed on truck parts
- Increased stopping distance
- Increased speed downhill
- Tire blowouts
- Elevated center of gravity
- Decreased steering control
Federal Weight Restrictions
According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidelines, the limit for tractor-trailers is 80,000 pounds (40 tons). Most states adhere to the federal weight limit, and weigh stations are established to ensure that trucks are not overloaded as they travel from state to state. But in many cases when an overloaded truck causes an accident, the weigh stations they encounter are closed or the truckers are only issued a ticket, allowing them to continue driving without lightening the load.
If you suffered a serious injury in a truck accident caused by a negligent driver or overweight vehicle, our Lancaster truck accident lawyers at Accident Attorneys are ready to fight for your entitled compensation. Do not hesitate to contact us and request a free case evaluation today.