How Are Overloaded Trucks More Likely To Cause Truck Accidents?
A: There are reasons why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration allows semi trucks to weigh up to 80,000 pounds and require that the truck’s cargo be balanced, evenly distributed, properly loaded and tied down securely. When trucks weigh over this weight limit, there are potential dangers that could increase on the road and lead to Florida truck accidents.
Overloaded cargo can cause a truck to move slower up inclines. It is also harder to maneuver and can put undue stress on the truck’s parts. Additionally, it can cause a tire to blow out and lose control as well as many more road hazards. When a truck loses control, it often leads to a South Florida truck crash involving innocent motorists.
When a truck driver loads more weight than recommended, he may have been in a hurry to make sure the truck is balanced and the load is secured. If there is an unbalanced load coupled with an overloaded truck, the truck is more likely to rollover or jackknife.
When these situations take place, serious injuries or fatalities could occur to those involved in the truck wreck. Typically the occupants in the smaller vehicles are the ones who end up getting seriously injured.
When someone is injured in a South Florida truck accident, there may be multiple parties who were negligent to hold responsible for the accident including: truck driver, trucking company, their insurance company and possibly more. Contact a skilled Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to find out how you can hold the responsible party accountable. You will receive a free, no-obligation discussion by calling 954-807-1334 today.