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Risks of Overloaded & Improperly Loaded Trucks

One of the most common causes of truck accidents is overloaded and improperly loaded cargo. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) details the specific, legal weight limits, truckers and trucking companies continue to overload or improperly load their vehicles in order to meet deadlines faster or make more of a profit.

The following are the dangers associated with overloaded and improperly loaded trucks:

  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, loaded semi-trucks and tractor-trailers take 20% to 40% longer to stop compared to cars. This means that if an unexpected incident occurs on the road, heavier trucks are less likely to be able to stop. Coincidentally, overweight trucks tend to speed up when going downhill.
  • Improperly loaded cargo can shift to the rear, which makes the truck more difficult to steer.
  • If an overloaded or improperly loaded truck hits a bump or a curb, the truck itself could tilt and rollover.
  • Extra weight on the truck can result in added tire pressure, resulting in a tire blowout.
  • Overweight trucks can cause a road to collapse or cause road faults.

If you suffered an injury in a truck accident caused by a negligent trucker in New York, contact Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP and request a free consultation with our NYC personal injury lawyer today.