LEGAL OPTIONS IF INJURED BY OVERSIZED TRUCK
OVERSIZED VEHICLES & WIDE LOADS
Despite there being strict rules regarding the size and weight of trucks and their cargo, there are times when trucks haul overly heavy or larger than normal loads. When this happens, truckers and trucking companies need to obtain special hauling permits to travel and must follow operational restrictions. The purpose of these extra steps is to keep people safe since oversized vehicles and wide loads present a hazard on public roads and highways.
If you were hurt in an accident involving an oversize load accidents, then you should work with an experienced truck accident lawyer to determine if the truck was compliant with the law. If the trucker was not operating within the rules, then any violation may be evidence of negligence and may support your claim for compensation.
OVERSIZED AND WIDE TRUCK LOADS CAN CAUSE ACCIDENTS
Oversized vehicles and wide loads must follow additional rules because they greatly increase the risk of collisions. Oversized loads take up a great deal of space on public roads, often requiring more than one lane or having to use the shoulder. By taking up extra space, they can disrupt the flow of traffic, even to the point of enabling traffic to only use two lanes instead of three near the truck. These types of loads also cannot move as quickly as other vehicles, which means they may have to move at 15 mph or more under the speed limit. A large slow moving vehicle surrounding by faster moving cars can cause a dangerous situation.
OUR TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS CAN HELP
If you were in an accident with a truck, contact us as soon as possible. By working with an experienced truck accident attorney right away, we can preserve crucial evidence, investigate the collision, and determine if the trucker and trucking company were compliant with all regulations regarding oversized vehicles and wide loads. If there is one or more violations, these can be used to support your claim for compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium