All too often you will notice certain attorneys looking at one truck accident like it is simply any other motor vehicle case. While a lot of automobiles may tend to weigh close to the same weight, this is certainly not true of semi 18 wheelers, and it is not a factor that should always be considered as merely black and white. There are a large variety in sizes of trucks these days, and how heavy they are, is an important element that should certainly be factored in on truck accident compensation claims.
Many Tractors Are Overweight
While it may seem too high, there have been estimations that out of the huge number of tractor trailers that continuously drive on our city streets and highways, as many as 30 percent of them are overweight. Nonetheless, an excessive number of truck accident cases involve tractor trailers that are in fact overweight. Truck accident attorneys say this is likely due to two different reasons. Undoubtedly, the weight of large trucks carrying cargo causes them to be less safe, which results in more accidents. Another reason for these accidents is trucking companies and drivers that have no qualms about breaking rules on weight limits likely have no problems with other risks, like driving trucks that aren’t maintained properly and repeatedly overusing exhausted drivers. In many cases, the suspects breaking these rules are those hauling such items as coal, lumber, and oil.
It’s a known fact that 80,000 pound tractor trailers do not have the ability to turn or stop as easily or as quickly as an automobile. Now just imagine how difficult these actions are for trucks that are overweight. With the increasing problems of the economy, this is a serious issue that has continued to get worse. It almost seems that the rule to follow across the board is to carry more cargo by keeping the trucks overloaded.
Having a lack of resources in most states only means that they are not able to police trucks and enforce rules on weight limits. This equation only leads to tragedy. While we know victims filing truck accident claims suffer a great deal, infrastructure and the companies that strive to be honest do as well. While this problem may not be easy to resolve, it will certainly help if more truck accident lawyers working for victims of these claims would make certain they fight for answers to the following concerns.
- Specific type of cargo hauled
- The cargo’s weight
- The way the weight was distributed in the trailer
- Were the rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations followed in regards to the weight and distribution cargo.
This article was written to protect consumer rights by a personal injury lawyer (click here), named Michael Ehline, at the Ehline Law Firm PC, at 633 West 5th St, #2890, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213.596.9642.