Homestead Overweight / Overload Trucks
Overloaded trucks are a serious danger on Homestead roads. Each year, motor carriers and drivers set out with trucks that exceed safe cargo weight limits. These trucks are not only violating federal safety rules, but they pose a serious hazard on the road. These trucks do not operate correctly and put extra pressure on tires and all of the truck’s systems, leading to car crashes and traffic accidents.
If you have been in a car collision involving an overloaded truck, there may be criminal charges in the case as well as civil charges. You can bring about civil charges if you would like to seek compensation to help pay for your medical bills, the time you've had to take away from work, and other expenses related to your case. To find out whether you have a case, contact Flaxman Law Group to arrange for a free case evaluation.Why Do Carriers Violate Cargo Limit Rules?
There are strict federal rules about how much cargo commercial trucks are allowed to carry and there are weight stations in every state to ensure that trucks do not violate these limits. Unfortunately, there are financial incentives for truck carriers and drivers to ignore these laws. In most cases, it is cheaper for trucks to be overloaded rather than to pay for multiple shipments. Some truck carriers risk the safety hazards of overweight trucks to save money. Motor carriers and truck drivers may use back roads or other means to avoid weight stations in order to get away with exceeding cargo limits.
Unfortunately, overweight trucks are dangerous for a number of reasons:
- They can cause damage to roads that can lead to other accidents
- The cargo may not hold and can fall to the roadway, causing car accidents
- Overloaded trucks are more subject to rollovers, tire blowouts, brake failure, and other dangerous situations
- Overloaded trucks put extra pressure on brakes, tires, and the truck itself, leading to more wear-and-tear and potentially making trucks less safe for other trips
- It can be harder to control and stop a larger truck, making collisions more likely.
Unfortunately, even if you have excellent medical coverage and car insurance if you are in a serious accident in Florida, it can cost you tens of thousands of dollars above and beyond your insurance to pay for your injuries. Even a simple fracture can cost tens of thousands of dollars in lost income, medical costs, and incidental costs as you heal. A permanent injury such as a spinal cord injury or head injury can cost millions of dollars in lost wages, at-home care, medical expenses, and other costs.Do You Have A Legal Case In Your Situation?
Contact Flaxman Law Group to find out. If your injuries were caused by someone's negligence or recklessness, you may have a legal claim that helps you pay for your pain and suffering, damages, the time you've had to take away from work, and other costs that your injuries may cause you. Even if you're not sure whether you have a legal case, you may want to contact Flaxman Law Group to arrange for a free consultation because you may have a legal claim and may be eligible for more compensation than you realize.