The vast majority of truck accidents are entirely avoidable. But sometimes, truck drivers and trucking companies break the law or behave negligently to speed up deliveries and boost their profits. Truck accidents from overloaded cargo are a real danger.
Overloading a semi-truck might translate into more revenue per shipment, but it puts other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk. If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in a crash with an overloaded big rig, contact the Missouri truck accident attorneys at Gump & Faiella to discuss your case.
Our personal injury lawyers will work closely with the insurance company and your medical care providers to ensure you’re being treated properly. Our legal team combines the resources of a large law firm with the personal attention of a small practice. Call us today at 800-264-3455 to schedule a free consultation.
Why Are Overloaded Semi-Trucks So Dangerous?
Semi-trucks weigh about 20 times more than the average midsize car. Even a properly loaded big rig requires extra stopping distance and a wider turn radius. When a truck is overloaded, though, there’s a much higher risk of accidents because:
- It is difficult to maintain speed while driving an overloaded truck uphill;
- Extra braking force and distance are needed to stop while driving downhill;
- The trailer could collapse;
- The driver is more likely to lose control after making a sharp turn; and
- There is a higher risk of the trailer overturning.
Not only are accidents more likely to occur when driving an overloaded truck, but the risk of causing injuries and fatalities is also higher. The excess weight will increase the force of impact in the event of a collision, so a crash that might not have caused injuries could be catastrophic.
Overloaded Trucks Are More Likely to Roll Over
Semi-trucks are more likely to roll over than smaller vehicles due to their higher center of gravity. According to a study conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, the risk of a rollover accident increases significantly when a truck is overloaded.
Nearly one-quarter of the rollover accidents evaluated in the study were caused at least in part by a truck’s load being too high, too heavy, or improperly fastened. The study showed that most load-related truck crashes also involved a judgement error made by the truck driver.
It is often the case that trucks are loaded by third parties without the driver’s involvement. When this happens and an accident occurs as a result, that party may be held liable for damages.
Because multiple parties may be liable for truck accidents, the claims process can be more complex than in traditional car accident cases. The Missouri truck accident lawyers at Gump & Faiella will investigate your case to identify all potentially liable parties and gather the evidence needed to prove negligence and liability.
Discuss Your Case with a Missouri Truck Accident Attorney Today!
The personal injury lawyers at Gump & Faiella represent victims of personal injury in Moberly, Macon, Columbia, and throughout Missouri. Call us today at 800-264-3455 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free initial consultation.