Pompano Beach Overweight / Overload Trucks
There are federal rules in place that are meant to protect you from trucking collisions in Pompano Beach or your community. For example, since many trucking crashes are caused by overloaded or incorrectly loaded trucks, there are rules and laws in place that are meant to keep dangerously overweight trucks off the roads. Despite these rules, however, dangerous trucks still find their way onto our roads.
If you have been injured in a roadway collision with a commercial vehicle such as a tractor trailer or eighteen wheeler, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation. Our law firm works with a network of investigators, forensic experts, engineers, accident reconstruction experts, expert witnesses, medical consultants, and other professionals who can help us build successful cases. If you would like to find out more about Flaxman Law Group or would like to find out whether you have a legal claim, contact our law firm today for a free, confidential case assessment.What Trucking Rules Are Designed to Prevent Traffic Accidents in Pompano Beach and Your Community?
There are many federal rules designed to keep you safe. Due to their larger size and the larger hazard that they represent, commercial trucks are especially subject to many rules. For example, truck drivers must meet stricter criteria than other motorists when it comes to insurance, training, and licensing. There are also hours of service rules in place to ensure that drivers of big rigs and tractor-trailers get adequate rest and avoid fatigued driving.
Since overweight and overloaded trucks are a major hazard, there are also a number of rules that affect the cargo of commercial trucks:
- Trucks have weight limits placed on them
- Commercial trucks must stop at weigh stations that are open along their route and may face fines and other penalties if the trucks exceed weight limits
- Trucks are required to keep cargo containment systems – including tailgates and truck doors – in good repair and use them correctly
- Cargo must be correctly loaded and secured
- Cargo must be properly distributed on commercial trucks so that it does not shift and pose a danger during transport
- Special permission is required for trucks carrying some types of hazardous cargo and for trucks carrying cargo that exceeds weight limits
- Commercial trucks must obey weight limit and clearance rules on bridges and other infrastructure
Even with federal rules in place, overweight and overloaded trucks still share our roads. There are a number of reasons for this. In some cases, truck carriers intentionally overload trucks to save money. In other cases, loaders and truck drivers are negligent in weighing and loading cargo correctly. In both situations, this type of reckless disregard for federal rules can lead to collisions.
The attorneys at Flaxman Law Group believe that anyone who has been injured through no fault of their own deserve justices and compensation that they may be afforded under Florida law. We also believe that every plaintiff deserves compassion and a professional attitude. We understand that in these cases plaintiffs are often worried about their families and are facing trauma. Our law firm has a husband and wife team working in our offices and we work to provide compassionate and understanding legal assistance and representation. To find out more about our caring approach to plaintiffs and their cases, contact Flaxman Law Group today for a free case assessment.