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Can overloading cause a truck accident?

On Behalf of | Dec 2, 2022 | Truck Accidents

Trucks are a significant part of the traffic on Texas highways. These big vehicles often deliver goods to different parts of the country. However, although these trucks are powerful enough to haul heavy cargo, there are limits to how much weight they can carry. Unfortunately, some truck drivers and commercial trucking companies overload their trucks in an attempt to ship more goods in fewer trips to increase their profit margins.   

Overloading is one of the leading causes of truck accidents. Even for experienced truckers who adhere to traffic signs and road safety rules, an overloaded truck may pose imminent danger. Below are some reasons why an overloaded truck may be dangerous:

1. Reduced braking power

Trucks require more braking distance than smaller cars, especially in wet weather. Therefore, when a truck is overloaded, it will take longer than usual to come to a halt. Therefore, if the driver isn’t used to maintaining a significant distance behind other vehicles, they may easily cause a serious accident. Moreover, the additional weight may put more pressure on the braking system, increasing the risk of the brakes failing.

2. More difficulty with control

A truck carrying excessive weight may be difficult to steer and control. Therefore, jackknifing may occur when the trailer swings to one side. Also, an overloaded truck may accelerate dangerously on downward slopes, and the driver may not stop the vehicle in time to prevent an accident.

3. May cause mechanical failure

The extra weight on an overloaded truck may put more pressure on different systems of the truck and cause them to fail. When this happens, an accident may occur. For instance, an overloaded truck puts more pressure on the tires, causing them to blow out. A tire blowout may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident. 

What should you do if you’re involved in an overloaded truck accident?

If you suspect that the truck involved in your accident was overweight, ensure you seek legal guidance before you make a claim. This is important because determining liability in an overloaded truck accident can involve more than one party.