Georgia Trucking Accidents: The Impact of Overloaded Trucks

October 04, 2010

Tractor-trailers are the most dangerous vehicles on the road because of their massive size and weight. While most truck drivers are well trained and careful drivers, there is no question that fully loaded commercial trucks are harder to maneuver, require increased braking time, and provide far less visibility than other vehicles on the road. All of these factors combined with the massive size and weight differential between a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck means that trucking accidents frequently result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.

The more heavily the vehicle is loaded the harder the big-rig is to control and more prone it is to causing massive damage if it is involved in a motor vehicle accident. Despite this well known risk, many trucking companies routinely overload tractor-trailers to increase their profit margin.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those seriously injured or killed in trucking accidents throughout the State of Georgia for over 25 years. If you or someone you love has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident in Atlanta or anywhere throughout the State of Georgia, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law will investigate all causes of the accident, including whether the trucking accident was a result of overloading the commercial truck.

The weight of tractor-trailers has a significant impact on their tendency to be involved in an accident, as well as the damage caused when they are involved in a motor vehicle collision. Federal regulations permit a commercial truck to be loaded up to a total weight of 80,000 pounds. However, the heavier the load on the tractor-trailer the greater the risk. A commercial truck tractor-trailor that is only loaded to 50,000 pounds is only half as likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a vehicle that is loaded all the way to the 80,000 pound limit. Despite the obvious danger of increasing the cargo load on a tractor-trailer, many companies try to cheat and overload commercial trucks, which can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain damage, head and neck injuries, paralysis and too often fatalities.

Because commercial truck drivers are often trying to make unrealistic schedules provided by the trucking company which they can be put under pressure to meet, they may be tempted to speed or exceed permissible hours of service resulting in driver fatigue. A driver who is tired and speeding while driving an overloaded truck can lead to tragic results. The person killed in a tractor-trailer accident is the person in the passenger vehicle 98% of the time. If you are involved in a claim or litigation with a trucking company, it is important to have experienced truck accident lawyers on your side who will examine all of the causes that contributed to the trucking accident including traffic violations, fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and exceeding the maximum permissible load.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a Georgia trucking accident, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Georgia 18 wheeler accident attorneys can help you like we have helped those throughout the State of Georgia for over 25 years. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away and we will even come to you.

Category: Truck Accidents

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