Were you involved in an accident with a commercial truck such as a semi-truck, tractor-trailer or big rig? One potential cause of these types of accidents is improper loading. The federal government tightly regulates the loading of commercial vehicles because overloaded, heavy vehicles are more prone to becoming involved in fatal and injury crashes. A fully loaded commercial vehicle can already weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Overloading these vehicles can have serious implications.
Not only that, but improperly securing a load also makes a commercial truck more prone to jackknife accidents. Jackknife trucking accidents often occur when a load shifts, throwing the trailer off-balance. Rather than following behind the truck, a simple tap on the brakes can cause the truck’s trailer to slide perpendicular to the truck’s cab.
If improperly loading a big rig is so dangerous, why do it? Truckers do this because of pressure from their employers. Their goal is to get as much cargo to the destination as fast as possible. When profit comes before safety, serious accidents can occur.
If you were involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck, we invite you to contact the lawyers at Wyatt Law Firm, Ltd. today for a free review of your case.
Federal Cargo Securement Requirements
As of January 2004, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted new, stricter requirements for cargo securing. To learn about those new requirements in more detail, view a brief overview of FMCSA cargo securement regulations.
Texas Weight Limits for Commercial Trucks
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), commercial trucks can weigh no more than 80,000 pounds. The weight limit decreases for single-axle and other, smaller types of trucks.
- Gross weight of a commercial truck – 80,000 lbs
- Single axle truck – 20,000 lbs
- Two (Tandem) axle trucks – 34,000 lbs
- Triple axle trucks – 42,000 lbs
- Quad axle trucks – 50,000 lbs
How a San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
Approximately 3,700 people are killed in accidents involving commercial trucks in the U.S. every year. Texas is a heavily trafficked state in terms of 18-wheelers, semi-trucks and other large trucks so many of these fatalities and injuries occur right here at home.
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident with a big rig, we invite you to contact us today for a free review of your case. People who retain Wyatt Law Firm in San Antonio do not pay unless we secure a recovery on their behalf.