The trucking industry is a vital part of our economy, delivering goods across the country daily. However, it also presents significant roadway risks, especially when trucks are overloaded. Overloading, or carrying more weight than a vehicle is designed to handle, can lead to devastating accidents with severe consequences.
The Dangers of Overloading
Overloaded trucks pose a multitude of dangers:
- The additional weight can make it harder for a truck to stop or slow down, increasing the risk of rear-ending another vehicle.
- Overloading can cause damage to the truck's tires, brakes, and other components, making a breakdown or tire blowout more likely.
- An overloaded truck is more prone to tipping over, especially during sharp turns or in high winds.
When a truck is overloaded, it not only endangers the driver but also other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians sharing the road. Accidents involving these large vehicles often result in severe injuries and fatalities.
Legal Ramifications and Liability
Under federal law, commercial trucks can carry up to 80,000 pounds. Any load exceeding this limit without a special permit is considered illegal. When an overloaded truck causes an accident, the trucking company, the driver, and potentially others could be held liable.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an overloaded truck, it's crucial to work with a personal injury attorney who understands the complexities of trucking regulations and can effectively advocate for your rights.
How The Roth Firm, LLC Can Help
At The Roth Firm, LLC, we have extensive experience handling truck accident cases, including those involving overloaded trucks. We understand the intricacies of federal and state laws governing the trucking industry and use this knowledge to build strong cases for our clients.
We work diligently to investigate the accident, gathering evidence, consulting with experts, and determining the full extent of your injuries and losses. We then fight tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable and secure the compensation you deserve.
Remember, it's not only about recovering from the physical injuries. Accidents can leave emotional scars and financial burdens due to medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses. Our goal is to help you navigate this challenging time and ensure that justice is served.
If you were injured by an overloaded truck, don't hesitate to contact The Roth Firm, LLC for a free consultation. Let us put our knowledge, experience, and dedication to work for you.