When a truck is overloaded and its weight is too high, the driver can have trouble operating it safely. An overweight commercial motor vehicle is harder to control and takes longer to stop than one might expect.
Federal laws govern how much a truck can safely weigh. These laws are based on the gross combined vehicle weight rating, and vehicles weighing over 26,001 pounds have stricter laws than commercial vehicles that weigh less.
Truck drivers with overloaded vehicles put others at risk when they do not use weigh stations, ignore the manufacturer’s rating in terms of weight, or do not know or account for the weight of the cargo in their truck. Reach out to an experienced truck accident attorney when you are hurt in an accident due to overweight/overloaded vehicles in New Brunswick.
Commercial vehicles can cause greater damage than cars because their weight is substantial even when they are not overloaded. People can sustain many types of catastrophic injuries when they are hit by a truck, including:
These injuries can take a long time to heal and are expensive to treat. An attorney who handles cases involving overweight/overloaded trucks in New Brunswick could make sure an injured person receives fair compensation.
Infrastructure is also at risk from overweight vehicles. Even if a commercial vehicle is not overweight, some older bridges were not constructed to handle the weight of today’s vehicles. Overweight trucks can damage steel and concrete. Although one overweight truck is unlikely to cause major damage on its own, the cumulative damage of many trucks crossing a bridge over many years can cause a bridge to eventually collapse.
In residential areas, drivers may not be able to stop their vehicles in time for red lights because an overweight truck takes longer to stop. Overweight/overloaded trucks also have less ability to maneuver, so they are more likely to hit objects, animals, or people. Operators of commercial vehicles must drive their trucks slower to calculate those distances.
When all or part of a load falls off a truck, everyone associated with the trip is responsible. First, the driver is responsible because they have the primary obligation to secure their cargo. It is also important to note the transportation company answers to its operating authority. The commercial motor vehicle carrier that owns the truck has an obligation to ensure they do not violate the rules or allow others to do so. They need to ensure their cargo is safely secured. The person or company who owns or leases the cargo could also be held responsible.
A New Brunswick lawyer with knowledge of overweight/overloaded trucks could help determine who is responsible for damages caused by load loss.
The truck driver, the commercial motor vehicle carrier, and whoever owns the cargo are all potentially responsible for damages after an overweight/overloaded truck accident in New Brunswick. When you are hurt in a crash, the truck driver or commercial motor vehicle carrier’s insurance company will likely try to call you before you have time to retain a lawyer. Before speaking with them, contact our firm. Our personal injury attorneys could work with you and make sure you get the compensation you are due, not what the insurance company wants to pay you.