Posted On August 26, 2016 In Truck Accidents
Any commercial truck on the road poses increased danger to other motorists, but an overloaded truck presents a variety of additional hazards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes weight limits on trucking companies in order to prevent as many weight-related truck accidents as possible.
According to the FMCSA, the weight limit for a commercial motor vehicle is a gross weight (truck and cargo) of no more than 80,000 pounds. Some trucking companies have been caught ignoring the rule in attempt to boost productivity. In 2014, the Texas Department of Public Safety cited 61,184 drivers for operating overweight trucks. Overloaded trucks are responsible for hundreds of accidents on Texas roads every year. In 2011, 1,137 accidents on Texas highways were caused by overloaded trucks, in which four drivers died and another 30 were injured.
A commercial truck can easily weigh 20 or 30 times more than an average vehicle. That means that they cause significantly more damage upon impact. Other dangers associated with overloading include:
If a trucking company asks its drivers to take on more weight than regulations allow, they may cause a serious accident. Truck drivers and companies have a responsibility to follow the rules and keep other people on the road safe. The vehicles they are driving are deadly, and should be handled with caution. Depending on the circumstances of an accident, truckers and commercial carriers can be held liable when other drivers are injured or killed. Profits should never take precedence over the lives of other people.
If you were injured because a trucking company valued productivity and profit over your safety, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.