Every time a big rig is on the roads, there's already an inherent danger present due to the large size of the truck. The pure weight alone can make it difficult for these trucks to stop in a timely manner or maneuver when a hazard arises. When you combine this with overloaded cargo, it can be that much more dangerous and an accident is more likely to occur. At Wyatt Law Firm, Ltd., our San Antonio truck accident attorneys know how overloading affects big rigs and how it can lead to accidents.
UNBALANCED WHEN TURNING
When a big rig attempts to make a sharp turn, they usually cut wide in order to make sure they don't hit anything around them. This is a task in itself when the trailer is empty. If the cargo is overloaded or loaded improperly, it can cause the trailer to tip and turn the big rig onto its side. This could result in damage to the truck, the driver, and any other vehicles or patrons in the vicinity of the big rig. This could also happen on tight turns on highways.
HIGHER CHANCE OF JACKKNIFING
Jackknifing is a scary occurrence. It is essentially when the truck sits bent in a V-shape with the trailer being towed. This usually is caused when the wheels of the truck lock and a skid occurs. Unfortunately, when the trailer is overloaded with cargo, it can cause more force and jackknifing is a much higher possibility. These types of accidents can cause significant injury to any driver in the vicinity when the jackknifing occurs.
MORE DIFFICULTY STOPPING
As big rigs travel on the highways, they often reach higher speeds. As long as they adhere to the speed limit, this is perfectly fine. However, when the trailer is overloaded past its intended capacity, it could make it much more difficult to stop should something happen. Because of the added weight, the force pushing the big rig forward can often prove to be too much and stopping the big rig in enough time to avoid a collision can be very difficult.
If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident in which it was determined the big rig was overloaded, you have the right to take legal action and seek compensation for any damages incurred. At Wyatt Law Firm, Ltd., our San Antonio truck accident lawyers have helped countless clients find favorable resolutions to their legal matters and we look forward to helping you, too.