Accidents Due to Overloaded Trucks in Florida
Drive down I-95 here in South Florida or any major highway in Florida and on certain days you may find yourself surrounded by trucks. These vehicles are a fundamental part of transportation of goods in Florida. They are also a fundamental part of our South Florida economy. It is estimated that some 10,000 trucks travel on I-95 in South Florida per day. The truck traffic is so great that many of these trucks have nowhere to park and they end up parking on the shoulder of the highway or exit ramps of roads.
Some of the trucks that travel through Miami-Dade and Broward are overloaded. As South Florida truck accident attorneys we are well aware of the dangers that these overloaded trucks pose. A heavily loaded truck produces more momentum which means that it is more difficult to stop and may swerve and loose balance when making sudden maneuvers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) limits the weight of large trucks to 20,000 pounds per axle. This means that a large truck is limited to carrying some 80,000 pounds. Trucking companies have to make sure that these guidelines are respected and applied to their vehicles. Failure to abide by these guidelines can lead to roll overs, tire blow outs, and faulty breaks.
Of course, the weight itself is not the only issue that trucking companies and drivers have to be concerned with. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also has guidelines as it pertains to the distribution of weight of the vehicle. Failure to abide by these weight distribution guidelines can also lead to serious accidents. Improper weight distribution can make it difficult for a driver to property control the vehicle and maneuver when needed. Being Miami-Dade truck accident lawyers we understand these dangers. This is why we advise drivers in South Florida to give trucks plenty of space to maneuver. It is never wise to drive too close to a truck.
Overloaded trucks can also cause accidents by dropping debris on a road or highway. For example, a driver heading to or from work may not expect to encounter falling debris from a truck. A motorcyclist may not expect to counter gravel or dirt that suddenly overflows from an overloaded commercial carrier. For this reason, when traveling on roads like I-95, 595, and I-27 one has to keep an eye on these commercial vehicles.
Luckily, there are some enforcements mechanisms that control for overloaded trucks. Weight stations are situated on state lines and other locations. However, these weight stations are no guarantee that overloaded vehicles will not be allowed to return to the road. Some overloaded vehicles are allowed to return to road with ticket in hand.
The responsible party for an overloaded truck is usually the driver. However, in some instances the truck loading company, truck companies, and some government entities may be responsible for damages cause by an overloaded truck.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a truck accident please call us. Miami Truck accident attorneys are here to assist you 24/7. We can be reached at 1.888.413.8353.