Cargo overload is a serious danger for truck drivers, and can create very risky situations for them and the other vehicles around them. When a truck driver is towing a large load, it is important that they distribute the weight evenly so their center of gravity is not affected, but it is equally important that they respect the weight limits of both the vehicle itself, and the laws set forth for issues about truck weight capacities.
Truck drivers are held to a high standard because of the increased risk that they could pose on the highways. They are highly trained, specially-licensed, and must be sure to stick to local, state, and federal regulations about weight limits for commercial trucks. Consequently truck accident law is a highly specialized field. Take a look below at some of the issues relating to truck weights and load capacities, and contact us today to discuss your options if you have been in an accident as a result of an improperly loaded truck.
Types of Cargo Overload
There are many different trucks for many different purposes, and each has its own weight capacity and loading guidelines. It is the responsibility of the truck driver, the people loading the trailer, and the logistics people to know these guidelines, and to stay safely within them.
A trailer comes with a weight limit that is clearly displayed, and known by all those who work with that trailer. When the team is loading up the trailer to be shipped, it is important that they keep the load capacity in mind, and do not exceed it. If they do exceed the weight limit, they run the risk of doing structural damage to the trailer, and causing the driver to lose control
In addition to trailer weight limits, different trucks have different towing capacities. Trucks and trailers must be matched according to their towing ability and carrying capacities. A properly-weighted trailer on a truck that is too small is just as dangerous as an overweight trailer.
Improperly Distributed Cargo
Trailers should be loaded evenly in order to prevent the increased possibility of a rollover. If all of the cargo were to be stored to one side, or a significant amount of the heaviest material was to be stacked up towards the roof of the trailer or against the outside of one wall, there would be an increased risk of rollover because of the higher center of gravity.
It is important that the team loading the trailer does a good job distributing the cargo properly to keep a low center of gravity and reduce or eliminate unnatural pulling to one side or the other because of a poorly-stacked load.
Blowouts From Weight
Tires are another thing to think about when you are considering the risks of an overweight trailer. Tire blowouts are somewhat common on all major shipping highways across the United States, and pose a risk on their own. However, if a trailer is overloaded, there is more pressure on the tires, and therefore an even greater risk of a blowout. If more than one tire blows out, suddenly there is an overweight trailer with its load being distributed unevenly across fewer tires, which can lead to more blowouts or other disasters.
Contact Cambre & Associates Today
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by an overweight trailer, contact our team of truck accident lawyers today to discuss your legal options for seeking compensation. We are experienced with truck driving regulations and commercial insurance companies, and will represent you through this entire process. We will fight for a fair sum through negotiations as well as a full trial if necessary. While we are fighting for the money you deserve, you will be able to focus on recovering from your injuries.