Commercial trucks frequently travel through the Ambridge area. While you probably do not give much thought to these vehicles, they play an important role in modern commerce. After all, if there were no 18-wheelers on the road, two-day shipping would be nearly impossible. Still, if commercial truckers do not properly balance their loads, your life may be in danger.
A fully loaded tractor-trailer may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, while your car probably tips the scales at around 4,000. You do not need to know much about physics to realize that a collision with a commercial truck may lead to serious injuries and substantial property damage. While there are a variety of reasons why trucking accidents occur, poorly balanced loads are inherently problematic.
Even when loaded properly, semitrucks cannot stop on a dime. Typically, though, the more cargo a truck has, the greater distance it needs to stop. Therefore, truckers should know the weight of their vehicles and take steps to prevent overloading.
When loading commercial vehicles, truckers must think carefully about load placement. If heavy items sit to one side of the trailer, the truck may be difficult to control. Furthermore, if a load shifts during transport, correctly maneuvering a vehicle may be exceedingly challenging. Accordingly, truckers should take steps to secure loads inside enclosed trailers.
While improperly loaded vehicles may present an immediate danger, incorrectly loading a commercial truck can cause long-term problems. That is, if a truck regularly carries heavy loads, its mechanical systems may fail prematurely. Additionally, an imbalanced load may cause uneven wear on tires and brakes. If an inspection misses mechanical problems or a driver elects to skip routine maintenance, a catastrophic crash may be imminent.
Because commercial vehicles are part of modern life, you must trust truckers to properly balance the loads they carry. If they fail to do so, you may sustain a serious injury in a tractor-trailer crash. Fortunately, if the trucker behaved negligently, you can likely pursue fair compensation for your injuries and property damage.