Glendale Overloaded Truck Accident Lawyers
Were you hurt in a collision with a tractor-trailer? A potential cause of an accident between a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle is that the hauler was overloaded. If you were hurt due to the truck operator's negligence in the state of California, you may be entitled to sue for damages, including medical bills, lost wages, emotional pain and suffering, and future care. It's important to work with a truck accident attorney and attempt to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.
The attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC know all too well the trauma that an overloaded truck accident can cause. We’ve worked with clients whose lives were left in shambles after being injured in an overloaded truck accident. That’s why we are so passionate about helping those who have been victims of these kinds of collisions. Call us today at (818) 507-4311, and let’s talk about how we can help you.
A California semi-truck must be driven by a licensed and insured driver who has had enough rest and is not under the influence of substances that impair their cognitive abilities. Each semi-truck operator must also ensure their load conforms with the traffic laws and weight limits within the state. When a trailer is overloaded that means the cargo exceeds the weight limit for the width, height, and weight of the trailer. In order to carry an oversized load, a trucking company must secure a special permit for that specific load. If there will be multiple states on a truck driver's journey, the trucking company will need to obtain a permit for each state on the itinerary.
According to the California Department of Transportation, there are general rules for tractor-trailers hauling loads:
(a) The gross weight on any one axle shall not exceed 20,000 pounds
(b) The gross weight upon any one wheel, or wheels, supporting one end of an axle, shall not exceed 10,500 pounds
(c) The gross weight limit for any one wheel, or wheels, shall not apply to vehicles with loads of livestock.
(d) The maximum wheel load is the lesser of these two measures:
(1) The load limit established by the tire manufacturer, on the tire sidewall.
(2) A load of 620 pounds per lateral inch of tire width, as determined by the manufacturer's rated tire width on the tire sidewall. The steering axle, however, must go by the load limit by the tire manufacturer.
There are also specific weight load limits for trucks based on the number of additional axles on each trailer, which can be viewed under California Vehicle Codes.
If you are hurt in an accident and you weren't at fault, you deserve to pursue a legal action against the owner and operator of the overloaded truck. Here are common reasons that overloaded trucks cause accidents:
- The tires burst from too much weight.
- The overloaded truck jackknifes because there is a road hazard.
- The overloaded truck cannot avoid hitting another vehicle, a guardrail, a sign, an overpass wall, a light post, a tunnel wall, or another barrier in its path.
- The truck's brakes are worn down from excess friction because there is too much weight.
- The road gives way because the truck is too heavy.
- The truck rolls over because its center of gravity is off.
- The overloaded truck does not have enough time to stop.
Following a truck accident, only a licensed attorney can evaluate your claim. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we are greatly experienced in processing overloaded truck accident claims. We often use semi-truck transportation and accident reconstruction experts to assist us with these highly specialized cases.
When we review a potential claim, we verify all insurance policies. There may be multiple claims in a single case. A potential claim could be made against the owner of the tractor, the owner of the trailer, the truck driver, and the transport company. There may also be a potential claim for a defective product against the manufacturer of the tractor, the trailer, the brakes, the axles, or the wheels. It depends on which factors contributed to the crash.
We at Aghabegian & Associates, PC believe strongly that you have a right to feel safe on the roads and highways of our beautiful state. Remember, every part of a truckload must be inspected for safety before transporting goods on our roads and highways. We look forward to evaluating your case and determining if you have a viable claim. We look forward to your first contact with our law firm!