Improperly balanced loads or cargo that isn’t secure can easily shift around, which can also cause the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle. Excess weight can result in tires bursting. An overloaded truck heading downhill can be extra difficult to control, and can put extra strain on the truck’s brakes. If loads are not balanced well, the truck may be prone to jackknife and rollover accidents, which will be harder for even the most experienced truck drivers to control.
The FMCSA or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets regulations to govern the inspection and loading of cargo on a commercial vehicle. Commercial trucks, for example, have a maximum weight restriction of 80,000 pounds. It is also a requirement that all cargo be properly loaded, adequately secured and properly distributed. All loads should be balanced over the truck’s axles.
The truck driver is responsible for inspecting the cargo’s stability before heading out on the road. He must also be knowledgeable on the cargo he is bringing, its weight, and how to properly load it onto a vehicle. In majority of the instances, the truck driver is responsible for inspecting the cargo prior to driving.
Commercial truck accidents caused by overloaded cargo or improperly loaded cargo can be rather complicated to deal with, as they involve parties such as insurance companies, trucking companies, and law enforcement and government agencies. If you were injured in a truck accident involving improper loading of cargo, seek legal counsel from an attorney as soon as possible. A truck accident lawyer from The Grossman Law Firm will be able to help you get compensation for your injuries.
Hiring The Grossman Law Firm
For over twenty years, we have represented victims of all kinds of personal injury cases and have experience with truck accident lawsuits. At The Grossman Law Firm, our attorneys know and understand the laws and regulations governing commercial trucks and our roads. We are confident that we can protect your legal rights, and help you obtain the compensation that you rightfully deserve.
Our legal services at Grossman Law Firm are available to you on a contingency basis. You will not need to pay for upfront costs or hidden expenses. Rather, you will pay us when we win our case. We will be paid when you are paid.
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