An overloaded or improperly loaded truck puts other people in harm's way. Overloaded trucks are harder to control and take longer to stop than trucks that are properly loaded. Unsecured items dropped from flatbed trailers can become dangerous missiles in the paths of other drivers.
At Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty in Columbus, Ohio, we represent the victims of truck driver negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured by an overloaded or improperly loaded tractor-trailer, we will spend the time and resources it takes to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Truck Weight And Loading Laws
According to DOT regulations, truck cargo must be firmly secured. For example, tie-downs must be attached and secured in a manner that prevents the secured item from becoming loose while the truck is in motion. Cargo that is likely to roll must be restrained by chocks, wedges, a cradle or other means.
Each state sets specific limits on how much weight a truck can carry. For example, trucks with three axles have a maximum cargo weight of 48,000 pounds. Trucks with two axles can carry a maximum of 34,000 pounds.
Following an accident, our lawyers will take the necessary steps to preserve and review available evidence such as the load the truck was carrying. If the trucking company has a record of past weight violations, that can also be powerful evidence in your case.
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