Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Feb 19, 2013 in Truck Accidents
Oversize cargo refers to cargo that is higher or wider than what will fit in standard containers that can be transported on top, open side, open top or flat rack containers. Oversize cargo is sometimes referred to as over-dimensional cargo. Examples of oversize cargo include:
- Metal coils
- Concrete pipes
Transporting oversize cargo can be a difficult task for a truck driver; it is not uncommon for commercial vehicles carrying this type of cargo to be involved in an accident.
If you or a loved one was injured in truck wreck that was caused by oversize cargo, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. Contact an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer today to discuss your legal options.
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Federal Regulations for Oversize Cargo
There are federal and state regulations that stipulate the maximum height, width and weight for loads shipped on commercial vehicles, such as 18-wheelers. In Florida, the maximum weight for freight is 80,000 pounds. Any driver that wants to transport a load over 80,000 pounds must obtain a permit from the Florida Department of Transportation. Due to the age, condition and design of some Florida roads, they cannot carry the maximum amount of weight. These roads will have signs that notify drivers of the lower limits.
In addition, the maximum height for oversize cargo is 13 feet and 6 inches, cargo that is taller than this will also need a permit. Height limits vary by state, due to the different clearances in various states which allow loads to safely travel underneath bridges and tunnels. However, truckers that transport cargo over 13’6” will need a special permit with a route that details which bridges and tunnels should be avoided.
The maximum width limit for all cargo transported is 8 feet and six inches; anything over this will require a permit.
Typically, over-dimensional cargo is hauled on a tractor-trailer. Many states have special requirements for the trailers hauling the loads. Depending on the trailer’s size, an escort car may be required to precede or follow the trailer. The purpose of the escort car is to watch or direct traffic or load to ensure public safety.
If a driver disregards these federal and state regulations, they may be held liable for any damages that occur in a truck accident. Our skilled attorneys may use trucking company logs, weigh station records and records of what was being transported to prove that truck was violating these regulations.
Contact a Florida Truck Accident Lawyer
In 2010, more than 80,000 people were injured in truck accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a truck accident that you believed was caused by oversize cargo, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact a Florida truck accident lawyer to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.
At Gordon & Partners, we offer free legal consultations to accident victims. During your initial consultation, a member of our legal team will review the facts surrounding your accident and advise you on the best course of action to pursue.
our lawyers are available to assist injured individuals throughout South Florida with their legal claims. We have three convenient office locations in Pembroke Pines, Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart.
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