Oversized trucks can be a serious problem. To protect drivers, federal regulations have been put in place to limit the size and weight of a truck.
Federal trucking regulations limit the size and weight of a truck; however, truck length limits will vary depending on the state. Per these regulations, a truck can weigh no more than 80,000 pounds and must be no more than 102 inches wide and 14.6 feet tall. Although these limits are in place, there are situations where a truck may seek an oversized permit to exceed these limits.
The regulations for oversized trucks, including their weight and size limits, vary per state.
Oversized trucks may present a serious hazard to motorists for various reasons. If you have been injured in an accident with an oversized truck, you need a competent attorney who can fight for fair compensation on your behalf. The trucking company may try to deny liability—even claiming that the accident was your fault. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are highly experienced in handling truck accident claims involving oversized vehicles. Our understanding of trucking regulations enables us to accurately determine whether a violation has occurred or whether another issue caused the accident.
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The same factors that may cause a truck accident may also affect an oversized truck; however, these factors are more likely to have an impact on the ability to safely operate the vehicle when it is an oversized commercial big rig.
An 80,000 pound truck takes 525 feet to stop when traveling 65 mph. An oversized truck weighing 100,000 pounds will take 25% longer and a truck weighing 120,000 pounds will take 50% longer.
These numbers paint a clear picture of just how dangerous an oversized vehicle may be in an emergency situation, when a truck driver needs to avoid a collision. The sheer weight of an oversized truck may also put additional strain on the braking system and tires; tires may even explode while the truck is traveling at high speeds. When you take into consideration the fact that an oversized truck may be improperly loaded, all of the potential hazards associated with these vehicles are compounded.
Collisions involving oversized trucks are even more dangerous than those involving standard commercial vehicles. Because an oversized truck may weigh more than 80,000 pounds and exceed typical height, width, and length restrictions, it is more likely to cause catastrophic damage to other vehicles—and their occupants. Make sure you work with a truck accident attorney who has the skill and experience to give your case the level of representation it deserves. Our firm has recovered billions of dollars for our clients in verdicts and settlements, and we are prepared help you! Get in touch to learn how we can help you.
Do not hesitate to contact a truck accident lawyer to discuss your case involving an oversized truck.