Trucks and commercial vehicles carry vital goods both to and from the state of North Carolina. Usually, these journeys go without incident because regulations are followed and drivers are careful. Nonetheless, trucks are always a potential danger due to their sheer size and weight.
Different types of trucks are suited better to specific tasks. Not all trucks are designed to carry extremely heavy weights, while some are constructed to bear heavy loads. There are rules and regulations regarding cargo loads as well as recommended maximums in the vehicle’s specifications. Overloaded trucks pose a serious risk to all road users. Let’s look at a few reasons why,
It can be extremely difficult to turn larger vehicles safely around corners. Trucks tend to have a higher center of gravity, which means less balance and an increased risk of losing control. Having a load that is too heavy only creates further issues with balance, resulting in a higher chance of a collision occurring.
Trucks tend to have further stopping distances than other vehicles. An inappropriate load will put more strain on the brakes and tires, which means it takes longer to slow down or come to a stop. Even if a truck is only slightly over the permitted weight, this can add meters onto stopping distances, which can be fatal should any hazards arise.
Truck drivers and their employers have a duty to ensure that regulations are adhered to. If you have been caught up in a collision with a commercial vehicle, there may be legal options open to you.