Overloaded Truck Accidents in Virginia

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Overloaded trucks are dangerous and can cause major accidents. These trucks violate federal trucking regulations and put other drivers on the road at serious risk. You shouldn’t hesitate to speak with a Richmond truck accident attorney from our team at Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner about your situation as soon as possible for answers to your questions and help moving forward.

Tractor-Trailer Accidents Caused by Overloaded Trucks

Tractor-trailers can extend to about 80 feet in length, and can haul as much as 80,000 pounds. That’s 20 to 30 times the weight of a regular passenger car. This puts a great deal of excess strain on the vehicle’s braking system, which is why fully-loaded tractor-trailers take much longer to come to a full stop—a length that is roughly the equivalent of two football fields.

For these reasons, the way a truck is loaded is critical. Improper loading or overloading of a vehicle can have catastrophic results. That is why federal trucking regulations require commercial truck drivers to stay within specific loading limits and to adhere to certain requirements when loading their vehicles in order to avoid being overweight.

What Is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)?

The amount a truck can carry is determined by its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), a designation placed on the vehicle’s license plate. The truck driver must adhere to this limit and must follow all applicable regulations when loading the vehicle.

The GVWR is determined based on the rating of the vehicle’s:

  • Brakes
  • Axels
  • Power train
  • Suspension
  • Frame

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The sooner you speak with our office, the better. We can answer your questions and provide you with support. Call our Richmond truck accident lawyers at (888) 337-0477 to arrange a free case evaluation of your tractor-trailer accident.

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