Improper Load - Overweight Cargo
The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC helps injured people and their families recover
money damages for all types of injuries arising from all types of motor
vehicle collisions, including 18-wheeler accidents and other truck wrecks.
Overloaded cargo trucks are the number one cause of deadly 18 wheeler accidents
in some states. San Antonio Accident Attorney Alex Aguirre is well aware
of the problems surrounding trucking companies that lead to fatal auto
accidents. Because of excessive shifts in weight, truck accidents can
be more severe when improperly loaded or overloaded. It takes much longer
to stop an improperly loaded 18-wheeler.
When Loading the Truck
Federal, state and local regulations restrict the weight of commercial
vehicles. Without a permit, the gross weight of the vehicle can not exceed
80,000 pounds. Authorities consider the gross commercial vehicle weight,
gross combination weight, axle weight and tire load. Cargo weight should
be accurately balanced to keep from overloading one or more axles. Bridges,
roads, and overpasses usually enforce maximum weight restrictions for
vehicles to prevent bridge collapses or damage.
A truck driver must be knowledgeable of the cargo, cargo weight, optimum
placement of the load and verification that it is a stable load. They
are liable for inspecting the load prior to any trip. Drivers are not
required to investigate the load when the load is sealed and the driver
is restricted from opening the seal.
Why Overloaded Trucks Cause Accidents
There are a number of reasons why heavier trucks may unwittingly cause
- Excess weight can cause tires to burst;
- Overloaded trucks move exceedingly slow uphill posing a threat to oncoming
traffic in a blind corner;
- Overloaded trucks going downhill travel too rapidly;
- The downhill impetus can cause strain on the brakes resulting in brake failure;
- Excess weight creates lengthier stopping distance;
- Overloading elevates the center of gravity, making the truck more susceptible
to a roll over; and,
- Overloading can alter the weight to the back of the truck, reducing weight
off of the front tires creating steering complications which is comparable
to driving on ice.
Cargo weight cases are very complex because of the intricate details involved.
Contact a skilled
San Antonio truck accident attorney with the capability and precision you need to recover damages for your
losses. We accept motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency fee basis
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