Truck Size and Weight Limits
Oversized Truck Loads Can Cause Serious Accidents
In Texas and throughout the United States, state and federal regulations govern truck size and weight. Trucking companies know these restrictions, where weigh stations are and how much the truck and its cargo weigh in most situations. Unfortunately, sometimes these companies and their drivers decide that bigger loads are more profitable. Oversized loads are harder to steer and control and may result in serious accidents.
With truck traffic increasing on major Texas roadways, accidents involving commercial trucks and 18-wheelers are on the rise. Since 1951, our firm has been helping seriously injured individuals as well as the families of those who have been injured or killed in these devastating accidents. Firm partner Randall O. Sorrels is a national advisory board member for the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (AITLA), a national association that works to eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices.
Oversize Truck Loads
Federal and state regulations that outline the maximum weight for 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks are intended to protect drivers and others on the road. Any violation of these weight restrictions could be considered negligence and the companies responsible for this negligence may be held accountable.
Our lawyers will fully examine weigh station records, trucking company logs and records of what was shipped to show that a violation has occurred.
Oversized loads can cause tire blowout and brake failure or make it more difficult for a truck to stop in time. These mistakes can cause catastrophic and fatal injuries when an 18-wheeler collides with other vehicles or jackknifes into oncoming lanes of traffic.