Tampa Overloaded/Unbalanced Truck Accident Lawyer
Semi trucks are large vehicles often hauling tens of thousands of pounds of cargo. Should the trailer become overloaded or unbalanced, it can cause the truck and trailer to tip over and cause a serious accident.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by overloaded or unbalanced cargo, the trucking company will likely be held liable. The Tampa truck accident lawyers at Anderson & Anderson can help you understand your rights. But you need to act quickly because these cases can be complex.
What Are the Dangers?
A semi truck can only carry so much based on the engine size, type of truck, trailer, and other factors. A truck that is overloaded can put too much stress on the brakes, tires, and other parts of the truck. These parts can break or fall off, causing the truck to malfunction and not maneuver so well, especially in poor road and weather conditions.
An overloaded truck won’t turn as sharply and can take longer to stop. It can also tip over or even jackknife while performing standard maneuvers. Even an experienced driver may not be able to safely control a truck that is carrying too much cargo.
Weight and size limits are not the only things a trucking company must worry about in regards to cargo. The cargo must also be properly balanced and secured. Unbalanced cargo may shift while being transported to its destination. Any shift in cargo, whether it be gradual or sudden, can affect the truck’s maneuverability. When the weight shifts, the truck risks tipping or rolling over while turning. Semi trucks have a high center of gravity, making them particularly vulnerable to rollover accidents, especially at high speeds or in dangerous weather conditions.
Also, an unbalanced load can cause the securing equipment to fail. When this equipment does not work, the cargo can fall off the truck and cause accidents that way. These accidents can cause harm to other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians.
Another thing to consider is that semi trucks often haul hazardous materials such as gas, crude oil, and industrial chemicals that are highly flammable or dangerous to humans. Therefore, if these substances are not loaded or secured properly, they can cause significant harm in the event of an accident.
There are state and federal laws that apply in regards to weight limits and cargo regulations. Truck drivers and companies have an obligation to abide by these laws. Otherwise, they can face hefty fines and citations. They can also be sued by those who are injured in accidents caused by failure to follow laws.
Contact Us Today
The load in a semi truck matters. Even the best truck driver can have issues with an unbalanced load or an overloading.
Have you been involved in a truck accident? The Tampa truck accident lawyers at Anderson & Anderson will work hard to get you full and fair compensation. Schedule a free consultation to get started. Call 813-251-0072 or fill out the online form.