How Overloaded Trucks Cause Accidents
All commercial vehicles have a maximum load rating. These ratings are based on the maximum weight a vehicle can safely carry without putting the vehicle structure in jeopardy. Additionally, large trucks need to be loaded evenly and properly to avoid cargo/weight shifting, which can negatively affect the stability of the vehicle while it is in motion.
Overloaded and improperly loaded trucks can cause accidents by:
- Making trucks more susceptible to jackknifing
- Leading to swerving and rollover accidents
- Causing truck drivers to lose control of the vehicle
- Making trucks more difficult to steer
- Affecting the acceleration and braking power of the vehicle
- Scattering unsecured cargo across the road
Unfortunately, overloaded trucks are not uncommon. Because tractors and trailers may be owned by different companies, weight limitations of the two combined may be unclear. Additionally, truck drivers may enter scales only to receive a citation for overloading and be allowed to continue driving. This puts other motorists at risk—and the liable party or parties can and should be held accountable.
Seeking Compensation for Your Damages
The Houston truck accident lawyers at The Ammons Law Firm can help you seek fair and just compensation for your damages if you or a loved one was involved in a commercial vehicle collision. We know how to look for signs that a truck was overloaded, including investigating whether the truck driver lost control while going up or down an incline, if the truck jackknifed as a result of overloading, or if shifting weight caused the truck to roll over.
We have considerable experience navigating highly complex claims, including those involving multiple liable parties. We have successfully recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of our clients, and we are prepared to fight tirelessly for you, too.
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