Large commercial vehicles are not permitted to exceed 20,000 pounds per axle, according to regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). There is a limit of 80,000 pounds total allowed. Overloaded or overweight trucks are one of the leading causes of truck accidents in North Carolina.
If you or a loved were injured in a collision caused by an overloaded truck, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages caused by the wreck.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our truck accident attorneys by completing the Free Case Review form to the left.
Risks Associated with Overloaded Trucks
The trucking company is ultimately responsible for ensuring that all federal weight limitations are followed. In cases where cargo was improperly balanced, loaded or measured can often result in a truck accident. Overloaded truck accidents are 100 percent preventable with proper preparation.
Some of the most common dangers overloaded trucks can impose on North Carolina highways include the following:
- A truck that is above the weight limitations for specific roads, overpasses and bridges can cause the roads to collapse.
- Overloading a truck will raise the center of gravity of the vehicle, increasing the likelihood of a truck rollover accident.
- The additional weight and momentum can make injuries all the more devastating and debilitating.
- A heavy truck shifts the weight to the rear of the vehicle, taking weight off of the front tires and making steering very difficult.
- Overweight trucks travelling uphill take much longer than other trucks who abide by weight limitations. This can pose a threat to approaching vehicles around blind corners.
- Overweight trucks going downhill travel much faster and are harder to stop. The additional momentum adds stress to the truck’s brakes which can cause them to fail.
- Too much weight can cause the truck’s tires to burst.
- Overloaded trucks have more difficulty stopping in time to avoid a collision.
Contact an Experienced North Carolina Overloaded Truck Accident Lawyer Today
At Mike Lewis Attorneys, we are committed to fighting for the rights of any North Carolina resident who has been injured in any type of truck accident, including collisions that involved overloaded trucks.
It is important to consult with an attorney who is has experience with cases involving trucks as any number of individuals and entities can be held accountable. We understand the complexities involved in a commercial vehicle accident claim.
If you are unsure if you have reason to file an overloaded truck accident claim, do not hesitate to contact our firm to schedule a free, initial case evaluation. During an evaluation, one of our legal professionals on staff will assess the merits of your claim and guide you on the best course of action in pursuing justice for your losses.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina overloaded truck accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.