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Over-Weighted Truck & Load Issues

Over-Weighted Truck & Load Issues: The Hidden Dangers on South Dakota Roads

Trucks play a pivotal role in the transportation industry, ensuring goods are delivered across cities and states. However, when these trucks exceed their legal weight limits or fail to secure their cargo properly, they become a significant hazard on the road. In South Dakota, where the roads are frequently used by commercial vehicles, the risks associated with overweight and unsecured loads are even more pronounced.

At Hoy Law, we have represented numerous vehicle accident victims who have suffered due to the negligence of commercial carriers. Our experience has shown that overweight commercial vehicles and improperly secured loads are common culprits behind many truck-related accidents.

Common Issues with Over-Weighted Trucks and Unsecured Loads

There are several issues associated with overweight trucks and unsecured loads that can lead to severe accidents. Some of the most common problems we come across include:

  • Overweight Overall Vehicle Weight: Trucks that exceed their Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) pose a significant risk on the road. Such vehicles have impaired braking, reduced handling capabilities, and compromised durability. This not only puts the truck driver at risk but also endangers other road users.
  • Overloaded Axles: Axles are designed to handle specific weight limits. When these limits are exceeded, it can lead to decreased vehicle control and increased stopping distances. This can be especially dangerous in emergency braking situations.
  • Unbalanced Loads: Properly balanced cargo is crucial for the safe operation of a truck. If the cargo shifts during transport, it can dramatically alter the truck's center of gravity, affecting its steering and stability.
  • Unsecured Loads: Cargo that isn't properly tied down or secured can easily spill onto the road. This poses a direct threat to other drivers who might have to swerve suddenly to avoid the spilled cargo, leading to potential accidents.

Our Approach to Investigating Over-Weighted Truck Accidents

When we take on cases involving truck accidents where overweight or unsecured load issues are suspected, our approach is thorough and meticulous. Our attorneys work diligently to:

  • Obtain crucial documents such as weight records, driver logs, and inspection reports.
  • Collaborate with experts to reconstruct the accident scene and determine the cause.
  • Hold commercial carriers accountable for their negligence, ensuring they face the legal consequences of their actions.
  • Ensure that victims receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses.

The Importance of Legal Representation in Truck Accident Cases

Truck accidents, especially those involving overweight or unsecured loads, can be complex. The legal processes involved require expertise and a deep understanding of the transportation industry's regulations. At Hoy Law, our team is equipped with the knowledge and experience to handle such cases effectively. We are committed to ensuring that victims of truck accidents in South Dakota receive the justice they deserve.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident due to overweight or unsecured load issues, call us, or contact us via email today for a free consultation. Let our experienced Sioux Falls Truck Crash Attorneys guide you through the legal process and help you secure the compensation you deserve.

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