Having an overloaded commercial truck ram into your car is a horrifying and frightening experience. Other than drowsy driving, speeding, and driver inexperience, overloaded trucks are some of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents. An overload can lead to a catastrophic situation, severely or fatally injuring you and your passengers.

Accidents can cost victims an extraordinary amount of money in order to make a full recovery. When your injury was the result of negligence, it’s necessary to receive financial compensation to cover the harm caused. If you are thinking about filing an injury claim, a Boise overloaded truck accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates will work with you to secure maximum compensation for your injury.


The Responsibilities of Commercial Trucking

The maximum weight of commercial trucks cannot be heavier than 80,000 pounds. When a truck is loaded to any point above that, it becomes a hazard on roads and highways. Limiting the weight of cargo is the responsibility of the trucking company and its operators. Maintaining an even distribution is important, as inefficient loading can cause the cargo to shift while the truck is in transit, posing a risk to the trucker and occupants of other vehicles.

Dangerously, many truck operators will knowingly overload their trucks in order to deliver more goods. The results can be disastrous, causing the truck to jackknife or rollover. An overload can cause a tire blowout, causing the semi-truck’s driver to lose control. An overturning trailer bed can crush nearby vehicles, falling goods can smash cars, and debris can obstruct the roadway, leading to dangerous conditions.


Dangers of Overloaded Trucks

It’s a violation of federal law to operate an overloaded commercial truck. The dangers can lead to devastating consequences, causing long-term or permanent injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal damage, broken bones, and many others.

Overloaded trucks can lead to the following dangers:

  • An overloaded truck can take longer to stop than the driver anticipated
  • An overloaded truck will have stronger force of impact
  • Overloads cause greater wear and tear on the truck, possibly leading to a catastrophic part failure on the road
  • Falling cargo or a tire blowout can create scattered debris across the highway or road


Who Is at Fault for a Cargo Overload?

Because many different parties are responsible for the day-to-day operations of commercial trucks, it’s not uncommon for multiple entities to be included in your lawsuit, such as any of the following:

  • Trucker
  • Truck company
  • Cargo owner
  • Cargo loader
  • Maintenance company
  • Part or tire manufacturers


Contact a Boise Overloaded Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a truck crash, contact a Boise overloaded truck accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates to help you understand your options for seeking financial compensation.

We are committed to aggressively fighting for the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, contact us online through the form below or call 1-800-404-9000.