Commercial trucks are prohibited from exceeding 20,000 pounds per axle (80,000 pounds total), according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Unfortunately, some trucking companies ignore this rule, and overloaded and overweight trucks cause numerous serious accidents in Tennessee and across the U.S. every year.
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Why Are Overloaded Trucks So Dangerous?
Trucks that weigh too much pose dangers to everyone on the highway. Here’s why:
- Drivers of overweight trucks have a harder time judging the stopping distance and bringing the vehicle to a halt in time to avoid a collision.
- The added weight makes the force of an impact even greater, resulting in more catastrophic injuries for the occupants of passenger cars.
- If the truck is too heavy, its tires may not support the weight, and bursting tires can cause the truck to swerve and lose control.
- Overloaded vehicles gain greater momentum as they travel downhill, which can place increased stress on the brakes and sometimes cause the brakes to fail.
- Overloading a truck often raises its center of gravity, which increases the chances of a rollover accident.