Accidents Caused by Overloaded Trucks
By law, fully loaded commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.1 Despite this weight regulation, however, some drivers and trucking companies make the dangerous choice to overload their trucks — usually in an effort to increase their profits at the expense and risk of public safety.
At Buckingham Barrera Law Firm, our attorneys are experienced at determining when overloaded trucks have contributed to crashes. Dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights, our lawyers can help you pursue all available legal remedies if you have been hurt in an accident caused by an overloaded truck.
While we cannot change the past — and while no sum of money can ever make up for permanent injuries and losses, our representation and effective advocacy can be the key to maximizing your recovery and helping you restore your life after a truck accident.
1: FMCSA regulations regarding weight limits for commercial trucks
Dangers of Overloaded Trucks
Overweight trucks can present a number of different risks, all of which can increase the likelihood of truck accidents, injuries and fatalities. Some of the reasons that overloaded trucks are so dangerous are that they can increase the risk of:
Equipment failures — Extra weight can make it more likely that tire blowouts, brake failures and other equipment malfunctions will occur.
Jackknife truck accidents — These crashes are especially likely to occur when speeding, driver distraction/impairment, or poor road conditions are present. In these situations, truckers may try to slam on the brakes, and heavy loads behind them will keep traveling forward, causing the trailer to jackknife.
Rollover truck accidents — These types of wrecks are far more likely to occur when overloaded trucks are not properly balanced and truckers make quick maneuvers to try to avoid crashes (like swerving quickly to avoid debris in the road, a car they didn’t see, etc.).
Runaway truck accidents — These wrecks can occur when heavy, overloaded trailers cause hitches and other securements to break, allowing trailers to ‘run away’ from the cabins to which they should be secured.
Road collapses — Older and/or elevated roadways may not be able to support overloaded trucks, making it more likely that roads will collapse and serious wrecks will ensue.
After a Truck Wreck, Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving an overloaded truck, you can turn to a truck accident lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm for more insight about your options for recovery and justice.
For nearly three decades, our trusted lawyers have been working tirelessly to help truck accident victims maximize their financial recoveries so they can reclaim their lives. As fierce litigators with a strong record of success, our lawyers have the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to provide effective representation while bringing your case to the best possible resolution.
Call (432) 570-1919 or email our firm via the contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. When you meet with us, we will provide you with clear answers so that you have the information you need to make the right decision for you and your family.
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