Each year, there are thousands of fatalities caused by truck accidents on the roadways, many of which might be caused by improperly loaded trucks. One of the reasons why this occurs is because of too much weight and overload causing a driver to lose control of their vehicle. Because of this, federal and state laws have been put in place to restrict the weight that trucks are permitted to carry at any given time. If these rules are not abided by and an accident results, the victim of the accident is permitted to bring a lawsuit for damages.
How do These Accidents Occur?
When a truck is carrying too much weight, the truck’s performance is in jeopardy. An overweight truck may excel much quicker down an incline and require extra braking to stop. In other cases, the cargo may shift significantly and result in loads being distributed improperly. A truck can easily become off-balanced and lead to multi-vehicle or rollover accidents in the occasion. If the truck was not loaded properly, furthermore, items could fall off the back of the truck and hit oncoming vehicles.
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Can I Hold the Truck Company Responsible?
Yes, if you can prove fault in one of these cases. A truck driver may be held liable due to their own actions in the accident, but the trucking company can also be held liable if they overloaded the truck to make delivery time or increase profit. Truck companies will keep records of truck maintenance and inspection of weight loads. If you have been involved in a trucking accident, call us immediately so we can help you with your case. We will help you prove liability and get the compensation you deserve.