Commercial trucks, though similar in some respects to passenger automobiles, operate with a variety of concerns that are unique to the demands of business. While these vehicles are substantially heavier that the average car and that is unavoidable, violation of load limits for a particular class of vehicle or portion of the roadway creates an unnecessarily dangerous situation. Unfortunately, trucking companies or independent owner-operators may choose to violate weight limits for a variety of reasons.
If you have been harmed in an accident involving an overloaded truck, you do not have to have to bear the resulting expenses alone. You may be able to take legal action to pursue the financial compensation you need to address your injuries and other damages. Contact the Des Moines truck accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your legal rights.
Reasons for Overweight Trucks
Loading a truck beyond the appropriate weight limits may be motivated by a trucking company’s efforts to earn more money. Gas prices are high, and if companies can consolidate their loads, they stand to potentially gain. Commercial trucking companies can also be simply irresponsible about ensuring the weights of their trucks are under the legal limit.
Truck company negligence leads to high risks. And these risks lead to serious accidents. The heavier the truck, the longer it takes to stop. Overloading a truck can lead to deadly rear-end accidents. They also are at higher risk for rollovers or losing cargo while driving at high speeds.
If you were in a truck accident caused by an overloaded truck, the experienced Des Moines truck accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., can investigate your case and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (515) 225-2600 to schedule a free consultation.