Trucking companies and truck drivers are subject to a number of federal regulations on how rigs should be loaded, maximum weight limits, and the frequency of load inspections. Failure to follow these rules can lead to devastating consequences for nearby drivers if the cargo comes loose or isn’t properly placed in the truck. Our Charleston truck accident attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you deserve for injuries sustained due to the mishandling of freight.
Along with a maximum weight limit of 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, truck drivers are required to ensure loads are secured before beginning a haul and periodically check on the load’s stability during the trip. It’s mandatory for truckers to inspect loads within the first 50 miles of a trip, followed by reexaminations every three hours or 150 miles, whichever comes first.
Improper loads make trucks dangerous for a variety of reasons, including:
- Cargo can become dislodged and collide with other vehicles, or create hazards on the road.
- Imbalanced weight, potentially making the truck overturn or jackknife when turning corners.
- Poorly distributed weight puts uneven pressure on brakes, which can wear them down and cause overheating.
Though each case is different, multiple parties could be liable for your injuries, including the truck driver, freight company, and/or shipping company. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate the accident and build a strong case on your behalf.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 1-304-865-8530 today to set up your no-cost consultation. Our attorneys proudly represent clients in or around Charleston, West Virginia.