Commercial truck drivers should know that an overloaded truck is in violation of several federal as well as state trucking regulations. Cargo that is unbalanced or overweight increases the chances that a driver will not be able to control the vehicle. However, according to statistics, overloaded trucks are one of the main causes of accidents involving trucks in Arizona and the rest of the country.
Another issue with overloaded cargo is that it tends to move around and redistribute the weight loads on the truck. A truck that has overloaded cargo and makes an abrupt turn or lane change will move the cargo and is more likely to roll over. A rollover is also highly likely if the cargo is loaded improperly even if the vehicle is not over its payload limits. If a payload has not been secured correctly, it can fall off while the truck is moving and cause an accident.
There are a number of ways an overloaded truck can affect how well a driver is able to handle the vehicle. Overloaded trucks will require longer braking distances, which drivers may not account for when approaching stop signs or red lights or when they have to suddenly brake. The emergency handling capability of an overloaded vehicle is lowered, which can contribute to an accident. Trucks that are overweight will also accelerate down inclines much faster than normal and will need more brake force in order to stop safely.
A personal injury attorney may work to obtain financial compensation on behalf of clients that sustain injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Investigations may be conducted to determine the parties responsible for the accident. Truck drivers and carriers may be held financially liable for injuries people sustain in accidents caused by overloaded trucks, vehicles that were not properly secured or inadequate truck maintenance.