Savannah Truck Accident Attorneys – (912) 289-0166
One of the most common causes of truck accidents is overloading cargo.
When a truck carries more than the appropriate amount of weight, it can
experience a much higher likelihood of mechanical failure and become extremely
difficult to control on the roads, oftentimes resulting in horrific collisions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused by an overweight
commercial vehicle, the
Savannah truck accident lawyers at Karsman, McKenzie & Hart can help you seek compensation for your
losses. Having recovered millions in
verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients throughout Georgia, our top-rated team of
advocates have what it takes to maximize your chances of securing the
fair financial recovery you deserve.
Why choose our team of advocates? Consider the following reasons:
Your rights matter –
get in touch with us today to discuss your truck accident claim in detail.
Why Do Weight Limits Exist on Trucks?
The United States Department of Transportation prohibits commercial trucks
from exceeding a maximum weight of 80,000 pounds without a special overweight
or oversize load permit for a variety of safety-related reasons. In addition
to helping preserve the durability and integrity of the nation’s
roads, weight limits serve to help maintain a truck’s level of maneuverability
and keep other drivers safe. Despite these standards, truck drivers or
trucking companies may sometimes choose to exceed these limits in order
to save time and money making multiple trips, putting others at risk.
Overloading a truck can cause the following dangers:
- Increased risk of tire blowouts
- Increased stopping distance
- Difficulty controlling speed downhill
- Increased risk of brake failure due to stress
- Higher likelihood of rollovers
- Potential for cargo to become loose
- Increased stress on bridges and roads
Truckers are responsible for checking the weight of their trucks and ensuring
the load is balanced properly. Unfortunately, unrealistic driving schedules
or pure carelessness can sometimes prompt a driver to haphazardly inspect
their load or even miss mandatory weigh-ins completely. Even if an overweight
truck is discovered at a weigh-in, in many cases, drivers are simply issued
a citation and allowed to return to the road.
Retain the Compassionate Counsel You Deserve
If you have been involved in an accident with an overloaded semi-truck
or tractor-trailer, know that the law is on your side. Depending on the
circumstances, you may be able to recover compensation for a wide range
of damages, including damage to your vehicle, medical bills, rehabilitation
expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and reduced quality of life.
At Karsman, McKenzie & Hart, our skilled
Savannah personal injury lawyers understand the immense anguish you must be experiencing and are prepared
to do everything within our power to ensure your rights are protected
during this difficult time. From examining the evidence surrounding your
crash to negotiating with the involved trucking company’s insurance
provider, we can handle the legal heavy lifting on your behalf so you
can focus on your recovery with peace of mind.
Schedule your free case review today by filling out an online form.