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Truck Accidents Caused by Excess Weight

Commercial motor vehicles using interstate highways in the United States are subject to federal size and weight regulations. These limits are not only set to protect roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, but they are imposed primarily to protect the safety of the many other Pennsylvania drivers in much smaller passenger vehicles.

When a commercial truck is overloaded with too much cargo, it may result in any of the following catastrophes:

  • Additional wear on brakes
  • Difficulty stopping on downhill slopes
  • Increased damage in collisions
  • Loss of control for truck driver
  • Road or bridge collapses
  • Tire blowouts
  • Truck rollovers

When an overweight semi is involved an accident, other motorists may sustain spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), or other devastating injuries that can have significant lifelong consequences. A truck carrying too much weight can also cause fatal injuries.

Numerous parties may be liable for a truck violating federal weight limits. Some trucking companies overload trailers to get more shipments to destinations in fewer trips. Truck drivers or loading companies can also be to blame, whether the decision to put excess cargo on a tractor trailer was a purposeful attempt to get around the rules or simple failure to accurately gauge a vehicle’s weight.

Trucking carriers will be backed by insurance companies with teams of lawyers attempting to minimize both their liability and potential payouts to victims. Agents and insurance adjusters frequently pressure injured people to accept settlements that are far less than what they are entitled to. In some cases, they may even argue that victims are to blame for their own injuries.

The truck accident attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices fight on behalf of clients all over Chester County and surrounding areas of Delaware County, Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, and Lancaster County. Our lawyers use a team effort to conduct a thorough investigation and present the best case possible so victims can receive the compensation they need and deserve. Additionally, we work on a contingency fee basis so the clients we represent never have to worry about paying us anything unless we obtain a financial recovery.

If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a commercial truck crash, our firm can review your case when you call (610) 719-3190 to schedule a free legal consultation. Our truck accident lawyers have office locations in West Chester, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, and Malvern.