Overloaded & Overweight Truck Accidents

Serving Gainesville, Jacksonville, Atlanta areas

Large commercial trucks are always a hazard for other motorists, but when a truck is overloaded or overweight, the risk of a serious truck accident increases significantly. Too much weight affects a truck's ability to maneuver, and can also damage the truck's various components, including brakes and tires. If an overloaded truck needs to make a sudden stop, the extra weight can cause it to jack-knife or even roll over.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

All tractor-trailers are designed to safely carry a maximum amount of weight. This designation is called the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), and is calculated by rating several different parts of the truck, including:

  • Axels
  • Suspension
  • Frame
  • Powertrain
  • Brakes

Both state and federal regulations dictate the amount of weight a commercial truck is allowed to carry. If these rules are broken and a serious truck accident occurs as a result, both the trucking company and the truck driver can potentially be held responsible.

Consequences of Overweight Trucks

Truck drivers can quickly lose control over overweight trucks due to the following factors:

  • Increased downhill speed
  • Decreased uphill speed
  • More stopping distance needed
  • Elevated center of gravity (more prone to rollover)
  • Less steering control

Weigh stations are located along common trucking routes to ensure that trucks do not exceed their GVWR as they travel across the country. However, weight stations are sometimes closed - and even when they are open, trucks are only given a ticket and allowed back out on the road without lightening their load.

If you have been seriously injured in an accident with an overloaded truck, please contact The Chestnut Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent injured truck accident victims nationwide, with offices in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and Charlotte, North Carolina.