Trucking companies are heavily regulated by both state and federal laws. Weight limitation laws govern how much cargo a truck may carry. These regulations are put in place to protect infrastructure and other motorists on the road. Overloaded and overweight semi-trucks can be difficult to maneuver and may lead to serious accidents. However, many trucking companies continue to prioritize profits over safety. At Monge & Associates, we strive to hold the liable parties responsible when overloaded tractor trailers, big rigs, and semi-trucks cause devastating accidents.
Too often, we have seen how unsafe commercial trucking practices cause life-altering injuries to innocent bystanders. In many cases, these collisions prove fatal. If you have been injured or your loved one was killed in a truck accident that resulted from weight limit violations, contact our team for a free consultation. Our overloaded truck accident attorneys in Atlanta serve clients throughout the state and the nation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you and we can come to you.
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How Overloaded & Overweight Trucks Cause Accidents
In Georgia, any large truck without a special permit must not exceed the legal weight limit of 20,340 pounds times the number of axels. For example, the maximum allowable gross weight for a four-axle vehicle is 70,000 pounds. The maximum allowable gross weight for a five-axle truck is 80,000 pounds. Any vehicle that exceeds these weight limits is not only doing so illegally, it is also putting others at serious risk.
Overloaded and overweight trucks lead to accidents in many ways. Some common examples include:
- Traveling too quickly downhill
- Loss of control while traveling downhill
- Traveling very slowly uphill
- Brake failure
- Tire blowouts
- Greater likelihood of a rollover
- Too large to travel beneath overpasses
- Too heavy and/or wide to travel across bridges
- Fishtailing as a result imbalance
Regardless of how the accident occurred, you should not have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. If you were harmed in an accident caused by an overloaded or overweight truck, Scott Monge, The Hammer of Monge & Associates can help.
Who Is Responsible for Overloaded Truck Accidents?
Truck accident injury claims tend to be very complex due to the number of possible liable parties involved. This goes for overloaded truck accident claims as well. In many cases, the trucking company is responsible for improperly loading or overloading trucks. The push for faster deliveries, increased production, and higher profits can drive these companies to violate state and federal weight limitations. If this is the case, the trucking company has acted negligently and should be held accountable.
At Monge & Associates, we work with accident reconstruction specialists, trucking industry experts, and even economists to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident, the extent of your losses, and who is liable. Our Atlanta-based truck accident lawyers can help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. In fact, we guarantee a higher settlement offer than you had prior to hiring our firm, or you do not owe us a dime. We also offer a Client Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are not completely happy with the way you are treated within the first 30 days of hiring us, you can take your file free of charge and no questions asked.
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