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Why overloaded trucks are so dangerous 

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

Goods are taken in and out of the state of Texas largely by 18-wheeler trucks. This mode of transport is one of the most efficient ways to move large quantities of goods around. However, these vehicles can also be dangerous, particularly for smaller cars and motorcycles that have to share the roads with them. 

While trucks are still potentially dangerous if they are not carrying cargo, the risk increases substantially if they are full. The state of Texas has legislation in place that limits the maximum weight that vehicles can carry. These laws are largely in place to keep road users safe. Why is it so dangerous for a truck to be overloaded?

Increased stopping distances

The braking distance for trucks is longer regardless of whether or not they are carrying a heavy load. The more weight on board the vehicle, the further the stopping distance will be. It takes a lot of skill to drive these larger rigs, and operators need to anticipate hazards earlier than most other drivers. An overloaded truck simply won’t have enough time to stop should it need to.

Increased risk of jackknifing

While trucks spend a lot of their time on straight highways, this isn’t always the case. Trucks also have to maneuver around corners, change lanes and turn off at intersections. At times, the trailer may be pushed in the opposite direction from the cab. If the weight on board the trailer is too much, then it can drag the cab in the wrong direction, resulting in a jackknifing accident.

Road users owe you a duty of care. If they fail in that duty through negligent actions that result in injuries, then you may be entitled to legal compensation. Seeking guidance on the matter will give you a better idea of what your precise options are.