It is not unusual to see logging trucks anywhere in Virginia, and motorists try to give these massive and heavy vehicles plenty of room. Unfortunately, accidents happen and sometimes it is because of an overloaded truck.
Overloading affects the driving characteristics of any truck and often results in equipment failure, a problem the motorist may not see coming.
The safety risks
Overloading may be profitable for a trucker, but responsible companies will not permit it. Any load that is overweight or not properly balanced may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Too large a load may cause the truck to drift out of its lane, for example, especially when going around a curve, and if the load is not properly secured, it can shift and even fall off the truck.
Wear and tear issues
Overloading can cause tires to run hot and wear out quickly. It may also adversely affect the truck’s suspension components and lead to premature brake wear, which is dangerous enough on a straightaway but especially problematic when the driver is going down a grade. An unsuspecting motorist traveling in front of the truck may not realize there is a braking problem until it is too late.
More problems for the trucking company
A personal injury attorney will become your advocate if you sustain injuries from a truck-car collision. In terms of compensation, both the driver and the trucking company may be liable for your injuries. The responsible parties will also face Virginia’s overweight penalties, which include an assessment for the number of pounds the truck was overweight, plus civil penalties, a weighing fee and a processing fee.
Getting back to normal
Being struck by a huge, overloaded truck would be a traumatic experience for any driver. The resulting injuries can be extremely severe. If you are injured by a logging truck that crashes into you, your job is to focus on recovering. Your advocate will take care of all the details surrounding your fair and just compensation.