Pittsburgh Overloaded Truck Accident Attorney

Overloading a large commercial truck is one of the most irresponsible things a truck driver or trucking company can do. Not only is I illegal, but it can lead to a serious crash. If you or a loved one have been injured and need a Pittsburgh overloaded truck accident attorney, let us get to work today. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our knowledgeable and experienced team will thoroughly investigate your truck crash. Our goal is to secure the compensation you need for all of your injury-related expenses.

What we know about large truck crashes

The US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps track of all large truck crashes. During the latest reporting year, there were nearly 5,000 total fatalities and almost 150,000 injuries as a result of large truck accidents.

In Pennsylvania, our Department of Transportation tells us that there were nearly 7,000 large truck crashes during that same year. Thousands of Pennsylvanians were injured, and 145 people lost their lives.

What are the dangers of overloading a truck?

A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Considering the average passenger vehicle weighs around 4,000 pounds, a collision is often devastating for passenger vehicle drivers and their passengers.

Unfortunately, trucks are often overloaded beyond the legally allowed capacity. The weight that is allowable by the FMCSA varies depending on the truck, and we need to note that certain types of roads have their own limits. An overloaded truck can cause:

  • Mechanical issues due to the extra weight. Vehicle systems commonly fail because there is too much weight, particularly the brakes, steering, and suspension.
  • Drivers to lose control. When there is too much weight, a driver could lose control when going down an incline.

Why would a truck be overloaded?

There are various reasons a truck could be overloaded. In some cases, the truck company pressures the driver or cargo loaders to carry more than allowed to make extra money from the load. This is pure negligence, and this greed can get people killed.

There are also times when the driver or company relies on a cargo loading company to load the truck. The loaders may make a mistake and load more than capacity without the driver knowing.

What can I expect to get in compensation?

When you or a loved one are injured in a truck crash that occurred due to an overloaded trailer or truck, you should be eligible for compensation. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we are ready to get to work on your behalf today. Our qualified and experienced team is going to investigate every aspect of your crash so we can secure the following:

  • Coverage of your medical bills
  • Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
  • Mental anguish damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the truck driver or company

When you need a Pittsburgh truck crash lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 1-888-988-9467.