North Dakota Injury Attorneys Helping People Hurt by Overloaded Trucks
Aggressively working to obtain full and fair restitution for overloaded truck accident injuries
By their very nature, large trucks, such as tractor trailers, big-rigs, and other types of semi-trucks are dangerous vehicles that must be operated with a great deal of skill and care. When trucking companies and drivers fail to follow guidelines and laws, serious and fatal accidents can occur. Overloaded truck accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries that are entirely preventable when proper protocol is followed.
At the Larson Law Firm P.C. our experienced North Dakota truck accident attorneys have helped numerous injured victims recover substantial compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional distress. Following an accident, your primary focus should be on recovering from your injuries. Our legal team is here to guide you through the legal system toward a favorable resolution that allows you to move on with your life in the best possible position.
Large trucks are subject to enhanced weight and size restrictions
Overloaded trucks are a common cause of catastrophic accidents. That is why the federal government has enacted several laws that address weight and size restrictions for trucks. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) work hand-in-hand to dictate how much freight trucks may transport at any given time. These laws address all aspects of a truck’s size, including its weight, length, and width. Federal guidelines also regulate the type and amount of cargo a truck can carry on the roadways.
Truck operators and companies are required to adhere to these restrictions. Upon request from law enforcement, they must provide appropriate documentation detailing their load and applicable weight. There are periodic check-in points and weigh stations along Routes 2, 5, 12, 83, 85 and 281, and along I-94 and I-29, to monitor truck size and weight. Failure to follow these laws and regulations may lead to hefty fines, traffic citations, and loss of commercial trucking privileges.
Overloaded trucks with improperly secured freight often lead to catastrophic accidents
When a large truck or tractor-trailer is overloaded, the potential for disaster increases exponentially. Basic traffic situations can turn into potentially deadly scenarios because overloaded trucks are more susceptible to tipping over or losing their loads. Overloaded trucks pose a significant hazard to other motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. Some common injuries associated with this type of truck accident include:
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an overloaded truck, it is imperative to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Our highly skilled attorneys take the time to fully investigate the circumstances of your case and help you achieve a positive resolution.
Turn to our law firm for high-quality legal representation
Overloaded truck accident investigations are often time-consuming and complex. Our detail-oriented team of attorneys at the Larson Law Firm P.C. is not afraid to tackle even the most challenging cases. To discuss your options during a free initial consultation, call 701-484-HURT or complete our contact form. From our office in Minot, we represent clients throughout Ward, Williams, McKenzie, Pierce, and Mountrail Counties.