Overloaded Truck Accident
Overweight or overloaded trucks are among the leading causes of truck accidents in Arizona and across the country. Large commercial vehicles are not allowed, by law, to exceed 20,000 pounds per axle, according to regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
At Phillips Law Group, our overloaded truck accident attorneys have the resources and the knowledge necessary to litigate your truck accident claim.
If you or a loved one was involved in an overloaded truck accident, complete the Free Case Review form on this page.
Dangers of Overloaded Trucks
Ultimately, it is the trucking company that is responsible for ensuring that the federal weight limits are followed by all their commercial vehicles. Cargo that is improperly balanced, loaded or measured can often result in truck accidents. These types of collisions could almost always have been prevented with better preparation.
The truck accident lawyers at Phillips Law Group will fight to hold the trucking company accountable for any accident that was caused by an overloaded truck.
Overweight commercial vehicles can impose a variety of dangers both to the truck driver and to others sharing the road:
- An overloaded truck has more difficulty stopping in time to avoid a crash than a truck that is abiding by weight regulations.
- The additional weight in combination with increased momentum can make injuries from the accident even more devastating.
- Too much weight can also cause a trucks tires to burst, posing a threat to both the driver and any vehicles nearby.
- Overloaded trucks take longer to travel up a hill, which can be a risk to an approaching vehicle coming around a blind corner.
- Trucks that are overweight travel much faster down a hill and are much harder to stop. The momentum of a heavy truck traveling downhill adds stress to the brakes, which can often cause them to fail.
- When a truck is overweight, its center of gravity is raised. This increases the likelihood of a truck rollover accident, a serious and often fatal type of truck accident.
- The distribution of weight in an overloaded truck shifts to the rear of the vehicle. When this happens, weight is taken off of the front tires and can make steering very difficult.
- Some roads overpasses and bridges have weight limitations. These restrictions are put in place for a reason. If a truck weighs more than the limitations, roads can collapse.
Contact an Experienced Arizona Truck Accident Attorney
An overloaded truck accident can result in severe damages for all parties involved in the wreck, including broken bones, back and neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries and, in worst case scenarios, fatalities.
The truck driver is ultimately responsible for an overweight truck, but with the help of a knowledge truck accident attorney, other parties can also be held accountable for an accident, including:
- Truck loading companies
- Trucking companies
- Weigh station officials who allowed an overweight truck to remain on the road
At Phillips Law Group, our experienced legal staff believes that if you have suffered harm due to the actions or negligence of another person or entity, you deserve both compassion and compensation for your condition.
If youve been involved in an overweight truck wreck, you may be able to file a claim to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to overloaded truck accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with an attorney at Phillips Law Group, complete the Free Case Review form on this page.