Commercial trucks are much bigger and heavier than standard passenger vehicles, but trucks that are equipped to carry oversized loads can outweigh traditional cars and trucks by 100,000 pounds or more and be several hundred feet in length.
Because of their enormous size, oversized trucks require frequent maintenance, safety guidelines—including safety car escorts—and extensive training for the drivers. If any of those vital steps are skipped, neglected, or done haphazardly, serious accidents can occur.
Like all big trucks, oversized trucks are the responsibility of multiple parties every time they’re used on a public roadway. The parties who hold the most responsibility for the operation of oversized load trucks include:
In most states, drivers of big trucks that are authorized to carry oversized loads require special training and licensure to prove that they’re capable of maneuvering a vehicle that can weigh more than 100,000 pounds and extend hundreds of feet behind them. In addition to proving that they can handle the physical demands of driving such a large vehicle, truck drivers also need to prove that they’re familiar with federal, state, and local requirements for transporting oversized loads, including knowing which routes to take, avoiding bridges that aren’t equipped to handle extreme weights, and bypassing narrow roadways or tunnels to keep themselves and other drivers safe.
Whether they’re using a truck themselves or allowing another company to use it to haul a large load, truck companies are responsible for making sure that their trucks aren’t overloaded beyond the point where they’re safe to drive. In addition, they also need to make sure that the truck doesn’t exceed size and weight limitations imposed by the federal and state government. Although oversized loads can be much larger than the loads traditionally hauled by big trucks, there are limits in place and truck companies must always follow those limits to help reduce the risk of accidents.
Because of their weight and size, big trucks can be difficult to drive and maneuver even during the best circumstances. However, when they have been poorly maintained or neglected, they can be extremely dangerous—both for the drivers and for other motorists on the roadway. Big truck owners are responsible for making sure that their vehicles are regularly serviced and that any damaged or broken components are repaired or replaced immediately. Because big trucks carrying oversized loads weigh so much, even minor wear and tear on vital components can mean the difference between causing an accident and stopping well short of a potential collision.
These are just a few of the parties that are often held responsible when people are injured in oversized truck accidents. The Nashville truck accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law know how to investigate these types of accidents and determine how many parties may be liable for the damages suffered by the victims, and we stop at nothing to hold those parties accountable.
Big and oversized truck accidents can cause serious, debilitating, and life-changing injuries. But unlike car accidents, they often involve multiple parties, and the laws for pursuing compensation after truck accidents can be complex.
The legal team at Matt Hardin Law has two decades of experience helping injured victims helping injured truck accident victims get the money they deserve. By collecting and analyzing evidence, we’re able to build the strongest possible cases for our clients.
Contact us today and see how our Nashville truck accident lawyers can help you and your family. Dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form to get in touch with us.