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Signs that a truck is overloaded

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Truck Accidents |

A significant concern associated with truck accidents is that the drivers of smaller vehicles are much more likely to suffer severe injuries than those operating massive commercial vehicles. Consequently, it’s important that drivers remain vigilant when in the vicinity of larger vehicles.

One important issue to look out for is overloaded trucks. Drivers of overloaded trucks are much more likely to lose control of their vehicle. The following are some of the key signs that a truck might be overloaded.

Visual signs

There are some visual signs that a truck may be overloaded. If the trailer of a truck is open, there may be cargo hanging over the side or piled up high. If this cargo is not secured, then it is particularly dangerous as it could fall off and head straight into the path of another vehicle.

For closed trailers, the signs may be a bit more subtle. One way that drivers can tell if a truck is overloaded is by looking at the suspension. A properly loaded truck will not put too much weight on the suspension. This means that the trailer will not be low to the ground. If the trailer is very low to the ground, it could be a sign that whatever is inside it is far too heavy.

Truck driver behavior

How a truck driver is behaving can also alert road users to potential problems. For example, if the brake lights of the truck are constantly on, but it isn’t slowing down, then it may be overloaded. Even properly loaded trucks take considerable time to slow down, but the brakes on an overloaded truck will not respond as they should.

These are just some indications that a truck could be overloaded. If you have been injured in an accident caused by an overloaded truck, there are multiple parties that you may be able to hold to account. Seek legal guidance to find out more about personal injury claims and your potential right to compensation.


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