According to regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large trucks must not exceed 20,000 pounds per axle. This means that there is a limit of 80,000 pounds total allowed. Overloaded and overweight trucks are among the leading causes of truck collisions.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by an overloaded or overweight truck, you are not alone.
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Dangers of an Overloaded Truck
Ultimately, the trucking company is responsible for ensuring that all federal weight limits are followed. Cases where cargo was improperly balanced, loaded or measured often result in a truck accident that easily could have been prevented with better preparation.
At Gordon & Doner, our overloaded truck accident attorneys have the knowledge and resources necessary to hold the trucking company responsible for any accident that was caused from an overloaded truck.
An overloaded truck can cause many dangers on Florida highways, including the following:
- Overloaded trucks have more difficulty stopping in time to avoid a collision.
- Too much weight can cause the truck’s tires to burst.
- Overweight trucks going downhill travel much faster and are harder to stop. The additional momentum adds stress to the truck’s brakes which can cause them to fail.
- An overweight truck takes much longer to travel uphill, which may pose a threat to approaching vehicles on blind corners.
- A heavy truck shifts the weight to the rear of the vehicle. This takes the weight off of the front tires and makes steering extremely difficult.
- The additional weight and momentum can make injuries from a crash all the more devastating and debilitating.
- Overloading a truck raises the center of gravity, which can increase the chances of a truck rollover accident.
- A truck that is above the weight limitations for certain roads, overpasses and bridges can cause roads to collapse.
Contact an Experienced Florida Overloaded Truck Accident Attorney
An overloaded truck accident is devastating both to the motorist and to their families. If you or a loved one has been involved in an overloaded truck accident that resulted in catastrophic injuries, or even fatalities, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover losses related to the accident.
We urge you to consult with an experienced Florida truck accident attorney if you were involved in a truck wreck. At Gordon & Doner, our attorneys have the skills necessary to skillfully litigate a Florida truck accident injury claim. Our staff will be able to recreate the scene of the wreck in order to pinpoint the exact cause of the crash in order to hold the responsible parties liable for the injuries that resulted.
With offices located in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart and Pembroke Pines, our firm is committed to fighting for the rights of all those who have been wrongfully injured by the actions or negligence of another in the state of Florida.
Our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our firm, there is never any cost to you until we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim, whether through a settlement with the other parties involved or by a jury verdict.
If you are unsure if you have cause to file an overloaded truck accident injury lawsuit, contact our attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation. During an evaluation, one of our lawyers will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse for your condition.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to overloaded truck accident injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Evaluation form on this page.