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
- 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.