Have you ever been driving down the highway and noticed signs for truck weighing stations? As drivers of non-commercial vehicles, we might not give this a second thought, but these weigh stations serve an important safety purpose for all who share the roads with semi trucks.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Louisiana Department of Transportation both have strict guidelines for legal weight limits of loaded 18-wheeler trucks. These laws are in place to protect the safety of drivers on our highways and roads. When a truck is overloaded, it can be even more difficult for the driver to come to a sudden stop. When the unexpected occurs while driving an over-weight semi truck, there is a serious risk for an accident, the results of which can be devastating.
Not only do truck companies have the responsibility of complying with federal and state weight limits, they also must ensure their cargo is loaded properly. If there is an unequal distribution of weight in the trailer, there is a substantial risk for the truck to weave uncontrollably or flip over. This can be a frequent issue for 18-wheelers with open truck beds, or FedEx and UPS trucks whose cargo is constantly being shifted.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, Charbonnet Law Firm, LLC, is in a position to help. For almost 50 years, accident victims have trusted our firm to help them in their time of need. Our attorneys place a special emphasis on truck accidents and understand the unique aspects of these cases. When you retain our firm as counsel, two of the areas we will investigate are the weight and the distribution of the cargo that the truck was carrying. Proving a truck was overloaded or improperly loaded is not always a simple task, but we are relentless in our pursuit of the truth. Through the use of accident scene reconstructionists and an analysis of the company’s cargo logs, our lawyers uncover the right evidence to support your claim.
Learn more about our firm’s track record of obtaining favorable results and how we can help you. Contact our firm today at 504-888-2227 and ask to speak with an experienced New Orleans/Metairie overloaded truck accident attorney. You may also reach us by filling out our online inquiry form.