San Diego Overloaded Truck Accident Attorney
Victim of a Collision with an Overloaded or Overweight Truck?
For over a decade the Jurewitz Law Group have represented hundreds of victims involved in minor to catastrophic tractor-trailer accidents. Our dedicated personal injury team has helped families from all over the greater San Diego area recover damages from at-fault drivers‚ companies and truck manufacturers for negligent actions. If you or someone in your family has been involved in a big-rig accident and wish to pursue legal action against those responsible‚ don’t hesitate another moment – give the Jurewitz Law Group a call at (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020 for a free case evaluation. You have the right to superior representation and fair compensation; let us help you with both.
Tractor-trailers are by their very nature‚ awkward. With only a quarter of the vehicle dedicated to the driver and the truck’s operating capacity‚ the remaining 75% is devoted entirely to storing copious amounts of cargo and hauling it over long distances. That is a significant amount of space to consider when driving along an interstate surrounded by other vehicles; simply tossing freight onto an open truck bed or into an empty trailer‚ without securing it fast‚ can be incredibly hazardous. Here are a few of the less than safe practices we’ve encountered with lazy or incompetent truck operators and their crew:
Unbalanced Freight – More often than not‚ trucks are not completely filled with cargo. Great empty spaces can remain after a shipping dock finishes loading. Depending on the load and where it is placed relative to these open spaces‚ a truck driver could pose a serious threat to fellow motorists. For instance‚ if a truck is improperly loaded with a liquid cargo placed in the approximate center of the trailer‚ the center of gravity can shift as the truck speeds up or takes a turn. The truck could eventually tip or jack-knife depending on the driver’s choices and how the liquid shifts in transit.
Unsecured Freight – This is as straight forward as it gets and applies to any vehicle on the road‚ but especially one that can weigh up to 80‚000 lbs when fully loaded. Truck drivers must routinely check their straps‚ fasteners and tie-downs to ensure they are not frayed or coming apart at the seams. One faulty rope or cable could lead to disaster on the highways. Additionally‚ using the proper knots and fastening techniques can prevent cargo from shaking loose while on the move.
Inspecting The Freight – Any truck operator‚ who fails to keep an eye on their cargo‚ could be missing major signs that their shipment has become unbalanced or not properly secured. Drivers should stop at regular intervals and inspect the truck for any signs of shifting or jostling of cargo.
Balanced Representation Throughout San Diego
Because of their size‚ speed and complexity‚ tractor-trailers can be one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured by a poorly packed truck in San Diego‚ it is recommended you speak with a personal injury lawyer with a history of taking on the trucking industry. The San Diego truck collision attorneys at Jurewitz Law Group can help by providing you with the knowledge‚ guidance and council you’ll need to secure a favorable outcome. Contact our office today at (619) 233-5020.
- Truck Size and Weight – U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration
- 23 USC 127: Vehicle Weight Limitations-Interstate System
- Weigh Stations in California (Enforcement Facilities)