One of a driver’s most dreaded issues, when they are driving, is sharing the road with huge tractor-trailer trucks. Their massive size and known dangers can cause many drivers to stress right up when they are driving alongside one.
Statistics confirm that there is justification for that concern since there are approximately 4,000 people killed each year in the U.S. in truck accidents. Another 105,000 are seriously injured. And one of the most common causes of truck accidents is overloaded and overweight vehicles.
North Carolina, just like all other states in the country, has stringent weight limitations for commercial trucks. Unfortunately, there are too many trucking companies which choose to cut corners on rules and regulations in order to meet the almost impossible deadlines and high demands of product and often load these vehicles over their capacity. But this puts everyone else on the roads at high risk.
The dangers of overloaded trucks are not just present on the highways and interstates, but also on the roads that run through North Carolina towns and cities. The same roads that our loved ones travel on every day to get to work, school, and run errands.
If a truck is driving with an uneven load or too much weight, any bump in the road can cause a deadly accident. One sudden driving maneuver by the truck driver can cause a situation that can affect any vehicles and pedestrians in the area. Some of the most common factors include:
- Wide turns by the truck: The uneven or overloaded cargo can make turning even more difficult for the driver to maintain control of the truck; and
- Rollover: Too much weight can cause the truck to flip over. Far too often the truck lands on another vehicle, with catastrophic results;
- Difficulty stopping or slowing down: Because of their size, it takes a truck much longer to slow down or come to a complete stop compared to other vehicles. A truck that is overloaded requires even more stopping distance.
Contact a Carolinas Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident caused by an overloaded truck, contact a North Carolina truck accident attorney to find out what legal options you may have. Truck accident cases are much more complex than other types of accident cases and there are often more than one at-fault party who may be responsible for damages. An experienced N.C. personal injury firm will be able to evaluate your case and determine what type of financial compensation you may be entitled to.
An experienced personal injury attorney with dual licensure in Virginia and North Carolina, Eric Washburn received a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University—initially worked in the information technology field before obtaining his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Once an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Danville, Va., Eric has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer in Virginia since 2014.