Often truck accidents are the result of overloaded trucks. When a truck is too heavy its momentum makes it more difficult to stop and easier for the driver to lose control. This can cause a dangerous situation for anyone who shares the roads with the trucks. With how dangerous a run away truck can be, truck driver need to follow the law, or innocent people may get hurt.
What is the Missouri Law in Overloaded Accidents?
Because of the danger, there are laws which dictate how much weight a commercial truck can carry. Believe it or not the amount of weight is not the biggest problem for other drivers rather the distribution of the weight will affect the handling and can render the truck difficult to steer. Truck driver must have their trucks under the maximum weight allowed and also maintain a proper distribution of that weight. The same agency, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates and monitors both. Following these regulations are the upmost importance for road safety. This is why we see numerous weigh stations set up along highways and other checkpoints so that these trucks can be weighed and inspected. Unfortunately discovery of an overweight truck might only result in a ticket and that truck is sent right back onto the roadway.
The responsibility of the weight of the truck falls on the truck drivers.
They need to make sure that the their loads are evenly distributed and not overweight. Because these truck drivers are employees of their companies they will be held accountable for the truck drivers non compliance. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of a truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Please contact our experienced St. Louis truck accident lawyers at The Bruning Law Firm for a free consultation today.