Why Are Overloaded Trucks So Dangerous?

While semi trucks and 18-wheelers may be the largest vehicles on the road, it is important to remember that even they have their limits when it comes to carrying large amounts of cargo. When these limits are ignored and trucks are overloaded, everyone's safety is put at risk.

In fact, there are several reasons why an overloaded or improperly loaded truck can be dangerous, including:

  • Overloaded trucks can put extra pressure on their tires, sometime resulting in blow-outs and possible trucking accidents.
  • Overloaded trucks may have a difficult time stopping or controlling their speed when traveling downhill due to their weight.
  • Overloaded trucks need a longer distance to stop, and when going downhill there is greater risk of the brakes failing.
  • Overloaded trucks often have a higher center of gravity, which can make trucks more prone to roll-overs.
  • Trucks with improperly secured freight are more likely to lose their cargo while traveling on major roadways.
  • Overweight trucks can do damage to roads and bridges.

Given the dangers associated with overloaded trucks, it's no surprise that lawmakers have passed several laws dictating how much weight a semi truck can carry. Unfortunately, despite these laws, many truck drivers and trucking companies continue to overload their trucks. Sometimes this is done because they put profits over safety; other times, they are simply in a hurry when they negligently load their trucks.

No matter the reason, however, you and your family should not be the ones who pay the price when a truck is overloaded or its cargo improperly secured. Fortunately, you have legal rights if you are injured in an overloaded trucking accident. Contact The Lucky Law Firm for help today.

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Whether a truck driver or a trucking company is to blame for your injuries, the personal injury attorneys at The Lucky Law Firm will help you seek the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call us at 225-963-5453 for your FREE legal consultation. With offices in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, our lawyers help clients throughout Louisiana and southern Mississippi.