An overloaded or improperly loaded truck are two of the main causes of truck accidents in the United States. Unfortunately, this issue is a growing industry problem due to many companies’ attempts to cut costs.
Many fleets select lower rated gross vehicle weight (GVW) trucks to save money as well as dodge regulations that require a driver with a CDL license. By trying to save fuel costs as well, the trucks are often overloaded to avoid multiple trips.
Companies may think they’re saving money on the front end, but these practices can end up costing more due to lawsuits.
Below are some of the problems associated with an overloaded or improperly loaded truck.
- Too heavy of a load causes excessive stress on the tires. The tires can run extra hot due to carrying a load heavier than they are rated for and increase the tire failure rate.
- Emergency handling capability is decreased if you have too much cargo. The driver can misjudge stopping distance and end up causing a serious accident.
- A driver can easily lose control of a vehicle due to cargo shifting. Also, the odds of a rollover is higher due to cargo shifting.
- Load distribution is vital in order to avoid a rollover as well.
- Overloading is also the number one cause of unscheduled truck maintenance.
Here’s how to spot an overloaded truck:
- A sagging rear end.
- Irregular tire wear.
- Premature brake wear.
- Unresponsive suspension and steering.
If you’ve been a victim of a truck accident, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced truck accident attorney to help guide you through this difficult situation and to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.