Houston Truck Accident Attorneys, Fighting for Victims Nationwide
Trucking companies and truck drivers are required by state and federal laws to properly load cargo onto and off their vehicles. Overloaded and improperly loaded trucks can present a number of serious risks to other motorists on the road, leading to major accidents that often result in serious injuries and fatalities.
If you were involved in an accident or lost a loved one in a collision with an overloaded truck or commercial vehicle, we can help. At The Ammons Law Firm LLP, our Houston truck accident attorneys bring over 100 years of collective experience and a proven track record of success—including some of the largest personal injury settlements and verdicts in Harris County and the nearby areas—to each and every case. We understand the complexities involved in truck accident litigation, and we know how to build strong cases on behalf of our clients.
For a free consultation, call our firm at (281) 801-5617 today.
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 LLP 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.
Schedule a free and confidential case evaluation with one of our overloaded truck accident lawyers today; call (281) 801-5617 to get started.