If you were a manufacturer paying to ship cargo across the country, would you rather pay for one truck or two? One is usually cheaper than two, but overloading a truck can be unsafe. The price of accidents is paid by those injured or killed due to trucking negligence.
Tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when normally loaded. They also have a high center of gravity that can cause the truck to tip over under certain conditions. The higher the load inside the truck, the higher the center of gravity and more likely the accident.
Pittsburgh Overloaded Trailer Accident Attorney
The heavier the load, the more difficult it is to control it on the road, even with a powerful tractor. Jackknife and rollover accidents are thus more common and debris can end up on the road or fly into your vehicle. Auto drivers travelling at 60 mph or more can be killed running into cargo strewn about the highway.
Federal regulations require safe maintenance and operation of trucks, and the size and weight of loads are strictly limited. If profit can be increased by disregarding regulations, drivers, trucking companies and shippers will often do so. Length and width limits are also exceeded, in addition to weight limits.
Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., works hard to maximize the compensation of injury victims, including physical injuries, property damage, medical bills, hospital bills, wage loss, pain and suffering as well as emotional pain.
Contact a Philadelphia dangerous cargo lawyer at Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., by calling 412-567-1232 in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, 215-792-6153 in Philadelphia or Eastern Pennsylvania or toll free at 866-466-5789. You may also complete our online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential, and cases are reviewed free of charge.
We understand that an injury or loss of a loved one can take its toll on you and your family, making it difficult to get to an attorney's office. For your convenience, we are available to come to your home, hospital or union hall to talk with you and your family about your rights under federal and Pennsylvania laws.