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It seems like we see massive 18 wheelers every time we get behind the wheel of our comparatively puny cars. These trucks are a necessary part of transporting goods all across the country, and have strict regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on how much weight their trailers can carry at any one given time. They provide all commercial drivers with a handbook that outlines how to ensure that their vehicles are safe and properly maintained, including how to properly load and secure cargo.
18 wheelers can weight up to 80,000 pounds, and 34,000 pounds of that comes from a fully loaded trailer. The trailer alone weighs more than 10 passenger cars combined, so the FMCSA’s strict regulations are necessary to keep everyone on the road safe. When they aren’t followed by the people loading the cargo, the trucking companies, or the drivers themselves, it puts every driver sharing the road at risk of being involved in a catastrophic crash. Some of the most common issues loading cargo include:
It’s the trucking company’s responsibility to make sure their drivers understand all FMCSA regulations, and it’s the responsibility of both the driver and the people in charge of loading the truck’s trailer to make sure that the cargo is safely and securely loaded. If any of these partied fail, it put’s everyone sharing the road with the truck in danger of being involved in a catastrophic and potentially fatal crash.
Contact The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. today if you or a loved one was injured in a truck crash. Our New York truck accident attorneys have more than 50 years of experience handling these types of cases, and are committed to helping victims secure the compensation they need to pay for their medical bills and any other damages resulting from their injuries. Call us at (212) 577-9325 to speak with one of our truck accident lawyers, or fill out the form on our website to tell us more about your case.