Home  >  Articles  >  Dangers of Driving Overloaded Trailers

Dangers of Driving Overloaded Trailers

In order to protect truck drivers and other drivers alike, the federal government has strict guidelines on the amount of weight a cargo truck may haul. When cargo trucks are overloaded, they can adversely affect the driver’s ability to maintain complete control of his or her vehicle. The dangers of losing control of a large cargo truck, such as an 18-wheeler, are substantial; the damage 18-wheelers can inflict upon smaller vehicles and their occupant can often be devastating.

How an Overloaded Trailer Can Affect Driver Performance

When a fully loaded 18-wheeler weighs more than 80,000 pounds, it has exceeded acceptable weight limits set by federal regulations. Among the most serious effects upon a truck driver’s ability to control his or her vehicle when its trailer is overloaded include:

  • The inability to adequately slow or stop when the situation requires it.
  • Difficulty maneuvering the truck in an emergency situation.
  • Lack of control when turning.

Additionally, overloaded trailers can lead to significant damages to the truck and trailer itself including:

  • Damaging the axles, wheels, or tires
  • Causing hitch or connection failures

Consequently, these types of malfunctions can cause dangerous accidents that would be out of the driver’s control.

Contact a Houston Truck Accident Lawyer Today

At Williams Hart, our Houston legal team understands how devastating truck accidents can be, and how frustrating they can be when caused by overloaded trailers. To speak with one of our lawyers today, please call (800) 220-9341, to see if you are eligible for compensation.