Semi trucks pose many different hazards on the roads of Kentucky simply due to their large size, heavy weight, and the many types of accidents they can cause. However, when these vehicles are overloaded with cargo, they can quickly become even more hazardous and have an even greater amount of potential accidents.
Overloading trucks is against both state and federal laws, but this does not stop countless vehicles from causing major accidents due to carrying far too much cargo on purpose. But do you know how these dangers can affect you and the actions you can take if harmed by such an incident?
Through a no-cost consultation with Louisville, KY overloaded truck accident lawyer Tad Thomas, available by calling (877) 955-7001, you can better understand your rights and legal options. Found below, you can find further insight into overloaded tractor trailer accidents from the experienced legal team at the Thomas Law Offices.
What is Overloading?
Every truck, no matter how large or small, has a maximum capacity that it is allowed to carry. This is both due to the manufacturing of the vehicle and the laws created and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and state agencies. These are in place because loads that exceed these limits can cause major accidents.
However, many trucks are filled with as much cargo as possible. This includes trailers that are stuffed with items far too heavy for what the truck can handle or filled to maximum capacity, despite the combined weight now being far too much. Additionally, trucks with open beds may have items stacked as high as possible or spilling out over the sides in order to maximize the load.
In any of these cases, once a truck is carrying more items or more weight than it is meant to hold, the vehicle is classified as overloaded. By carrying too much weight, the vehicle will not function like it normally would. Braking will take much longer, a greater strain will be put on the engine, and the truck will be harder to control. In the case of cargo being piled up in an open bed, items can easily fall off, striking other vehicles or creating sudden road hazards.
Who Causes Overloading?
Overloading a truck seems like an action that is obviously too hazardous to take. So why are so many trucks traveling across the country with loads that are far too large?
- Truck Drivers – Drivers may choose to excessively load their trucks in order to maximize profits from the cargo they are carrying or to decrease the number of trips they must make. If drivers do not know how much their big rigs can carry, they may overload on accident.
- Trucking Companies – The owners or managers of a company may mandate that trucks be overloaded in order to increase their profits. This means that those following orders will overload on purpose and truckers may comply in order to gain incentives offered by the company.
- Vehicle Defects – Not all overloading incidents are the fault of those loading or driving the truck. Truck makers may accidentally create defects in the vehicles. This can be due to poor design or manufacturing that causes the truck to not be able to safely carry a large amount of cargo or mislabeling, which says the big rig can carry more than it really can.
Any and all of these can be the cause of a major crash, so in-depth investigation and the use of thorough evidence will be needed to find out what caused your accident and who is at fault. Whatever your needs may be, turn to a skilled attorney who will make sense of your accident and protect your rights throughout the recovery process.
An Attorney Dedicated to Your Recovery
If you or a loved one has been harmed by an overloaded truck, do not wait to get in touch with Tad Thomas. As an experienced Louisville overloaded truck accident attorney, he has the skills, resources, and experience needed to craft a well-rounded and successful case for seeking out your needed compensation. To learn more, call (877) 955-7001 and receive a free consultation concerning what actions you should take next.