Overweight/Overloaded Truck Accidents
The Berenson Law Offices have over 37 years of experience litigating accidents caused by overweight and overloaded trucks. The firm’s founder, Bill Berenson, is a successful Arlington overweight truck accident lawyer. He has been a Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for the past 20 years and understands the toll that an accident can have on you. That is why he has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of Texans who have been injured in semi-truck and other vehicle accidents.Semi-Truck Weight and Load Limits
Semi-truck loads are regulated by various state and federal government agencies. One of the regulations placed on semi-trucks is a weight restriction. These limits are created because, if a truck is overloaded, the driver will not be able maintain a safe level of control over the vehicle in many situations. In addition, overloaded trucks have a greatly increased stopping distance.
A truck’s carrying capacity is measured by its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. The GVWR is calculated by taking into account many different aspects of the specific truck, including the truck’s:
- Braking system
- Number of axels
- Quality of suspension
- Type of power train
To make sure that truck drivers maintain safe loads at all times, drivers are required to stop at weigh stations periodically throughout their routes. However, sometimes these weigh stations are closed or a truck driver intentionally bypasses a weigh station knowing that the load will not be in compliance. An overweight truck accident lawyer can help Arlington residents and other victims assert their rights after an accident caused by a violation of these rules.Overweight Trucks Are a Danger to Other Drivers
When a truck’s load exceeds its GVWR, then the driver is much more likely to lose control and get into an accident. The following are all signs that a truck is overloaded:
- Increased stopping distance
- Increased potential to roll due to a higher center of gravity
- Higher speeds when travelling downhill
- Decreased steering capabilities, especially at high speeds
If you have recently been injured in a semi-truck accident in Texas, it may have been due to the fact that the driver was carrying a load in excess of the truck’s GVWR. If this is the case, the truck driver was operating his vehicle in a negligent manner and you may be entitled to seek compensation based on this negligence. An Arlington overweight truck accident attorney can advise you on whether you may have a claim. Liable parties in these situations may include not only the driver, but also the trucking company and their insurance carriers.
To find out what rights you may have as an accident victim, you should speak with an experienced Dallas/Fort Worth personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of William K. Berenson. With over 37 years of experience aggressively handling truck accident cases throughout the Metroplex area, Bill Berenson understands what it takes to recover compensation for you. As an attorney who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Attorney Berenson knows how to navigate the world of personal injury law and is prepared to represent you in your truck accident case. Contact the Law Offices of William K. Berenson online, or by phone toll free at 1-888-801-8585, or locally at 817-855-8000 to set up a free initial consultation with an overweight truck accident attorney in the Arlington area.