Tough Advocacy when Trucking Companies Try to Save Costs by Overloading Their Vehicles
Strong counsel when truck businesses fail to properly secure the goods they ship to and through Kentucky
Shipping commercial goods is the lifeblood of the economy. Truck deliveries bring food, clothing, and even shelter. Shipments enable individuals to grow and communities to prosper. Delivering goods can be a prosperous business when done correctly. But some trucking companies push the limit on what they can deliver, equating larger loads with larger profits. What they fail to consider, or deliberately refuse to acknowledge, is that these extra loads come at a price to driver safety. Excess loads cause a lack of driver control. Spilled loads endanger everyone around the site of the spill.
That is where the Kentucky truck overload accident lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law come in. Our lawyers have extensive experience holding truck companies liable when they put profits before safety. We work to prove that the trucking companies failed to comply with federal and state load safety laws. Our team investigates whether the load was properly secured. We fight to make greedy and careless truck companies responsible for the physical harm, emotional suffering, lost wages, and medical bills they incur. Our record of success includes substantial jury trial verdicts and settlements, including many million-dollar plus decisions. We see clients in Louisville and Lexington, and across Kentucky.
Truck overload safety laws
Our Kentucky truck overload accident attorneys stay informed about the federal and Kentucky truck safety laws. These laws protect the public from undue harm. We use violations of these laws to help show the company was liable for our clients’ injuries and deaths. Direct violations of laws and regulations can be grounds for a punitive damage award. Some of the truck overload safety laws we review include:
- The maximum weight a truck can carry. For single axle trucks, the limit is 20,000 pounds. For double axle trucks, the limit is 34,000 pounds.
- Trucks must weigh less than 80,000 pounds.
- The spacing of the truck axles must comply with federal and state laws.
What are the dangers of overloaded trucks?
Our Kentucky truck accident attorneys understand why trucks with excess loads are so dangerous. Extra heavy trucks or trucks with loads that are not properly secured can cause accidents for many reasons including the following:
- Excess weight can make it harder to steer
- Excess weight in the rear of the truck can cause the front tires to lose their grip on the road
- Heavy trucks go down grades faster
- Heavy trucks are more likely to rollover when they go around a curve
- There is more of a chance that a tire will blow out
- The extra weight means collisions will have more force
- Excess loads make it more likely the shipment will come loose and spill onto the roadways and highways
At Crandall & Pera Law firm, our Kentucky truck overload accident attorneys are ready to help you get justice. We have the experience and resources to investigate why a truck accident happened, what laws were broken, and how the accident could have been prevented. We make sure the right parties are held accountable, such as the truck driver and the company that authorized the excess load. We fight to get clients full compensation for their medical bills, income loss, and pain and suffering. In death cases, we fight for the aggrieved family members.
Call a skilled Kentucky truck accident lawyer when death or severe injury occurs
Crandall & Pera Law offers aggressive and comprehensive representation on behalf of Kentucky drivers and their families. Call us to discuss your claim with a strong attorney at 877-686-8879. You can also complete our contact form. We see clients throughout Kentucky at our offices in Louisville and Lexington, or at your home when needed.