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Every truck and trailer on the road has a specified weight that the vehicle should not exceed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through a mandate under the Motor Vehicle Safety code, has issued Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations to which truck and trailer manufacturers must conform, and with which they must certify compliance. These Federal regulations require that trucks and equipment meet minimum safety performance requirements.
Specifically, the federal safety regulations require “that the public is protected against unreasonable risk of crashes occurring as a result of the design, construction, or performance of motor vehicles and is also protected against unreasonable risk of death or injury in the event crashes do occur.”
Dangers of Overloaded Trucks and Trailers
Unfortunately, truck and equipment manufacturers too often fail to comply with federal regulations, either in the design and construction or in overloading trucks and trailers. When this happens, overloaded trucks and trailers pose significant dangers to other drivers on the road. In particular, overloaded trucks and trailers put additional strain on the vehicles, and the vehicles are not meant to handle this additional strain.
In particular, overloaded trucks and trailers affect the brakes and tires, which can make it more difficult for drivers to operate and control their vehicles. In addition, overloaded trucks and trailers can lead to:
- Tire blowouts;
- Rollover accidents;
- Jackknifing accidents;
- Collapsing roads and bridges; and
- Delayed stopping distance.
What’s more, if a truck or trailer is overweight, the materials on the trucks are often not secured properly. As a result, this can lead to debris falling in the road and causing serious car accidents, which often result in spine injuries and even death.
Contact The Philadelphia Truck Accident Attorneys at The Pearce Law Firm
If you believe that you have been involved in an overloaded truck accident, the truck accident attorneys at The Pearce Law Firm can help. Our Philadelphia truck accident attorneys have extensive experience prosecuting car accidents involving overloaded trucks. Our attorneys will work with you to investigate your case and to help you understand your legal rights. Our Philadelphia truck accident attorneys want to make sure that you recover fair and just compensation for your injuries.
Contact an experienced Philadelphia truck accident attorney at The Pearce Law Firm for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. You can call us at (215) 557-8686 or visit our office at 14th Floor, 1429 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Don’t wait before it is too late to recover compensation for your injuries.