When you are driving on the highway next to a semi truck, it may appear normal on the outside, but have you ever wondered what is on the inside? Many trucks are weighed down with heavy loads – over the 80,000 pound weight limit.
The truck driver sharing the road with you may seem like he is driving responsibly. Be aware if the truck is overloaded when the driver has to brake fast, turn or react to an oncoming danger, serious problems could occur for the cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians in the vicinity.
Overloaded trucks are:
- Harder for a driver to maneuver
- Slower to come to a complete stop
- Harder to turn
- More likely to have problems climbing steep inclines
- More susceptible to jackknives
- More likely to cause catastrophic injuries in the event of a South Florida truck crash
When a tractor trailer exceeds the recommended weight limits, it may cause the axle to fail, tires to blow, or other parts on the vehicle to fail, which may cause the truck to lose control and cause a Fort Lauderdale truck accident. Additionally, if a trucker is driving downhill, the brakes may fail due to the added pressure from the overloaded cargo.
Truck drivers are responsible for their trucks and the cargo loads. They may be held liable for the injuries that have occurred in South Florida truck accidents due to their negligence regarding overloaded cargo, unbalanced loads, or improper loads.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a South Florida truck accident due to overloaded cargo, you may have rights to pursue financial compensation as the truck may have been too heavy to be on the road.
Get the help you need to hold the negligent parties responsible, and call a knowledgeable accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free legal evaluation today.