Large, overloaded trucks violate various state and federal regulations and are among the top causes of truck-related crashes.
An overloaded truck traveling on a busy interstate such as I-75 is a danger to nearby motorists since a crash could result in catastrophic injuries.
Overloaded cargo can cause a large truck to become unbalanced. The cargo is likely to shift, especially when the truck turns a corner, changes lanes or rounds a bend in the road. A rollover may result. If cargo is not properly secured, it can also fall off the truck endangering nearby vehicles.
Because of the imbalance, a truck with overloaded cargo will be difficult to control, especially for a new, inexperienced driver. When applying the brakes, the distance needed to stop the truck will be longer. This may become a significant problem if the truck is negotiating traffic on an incline. An overweight big rig will go down the hill much faster than normal and if there is an intersection or traffic light ahead, the driver may not be able to stop the truck in time.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) monitors trucking activity closely and continues to explore ways to reduce preventable accidents; for example, truck-related crashes due to overloaded cargo. In a truck-car crash, the occupants of the smaller vehicle could experience devastating consequences such as serious internal injuries, spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injury. Medical expenses could skyrocket but victims have the right to expect maximum compensation to cover current and future costs, lost wages and more.