Trucks not only deliver vital goods across the state of Georgia, but their services stretch across the United States. It is impossible to keep trucks and other vehicles separated at all times, which means they must share the roadways.
Most of the time, trucks and smaller vehicles are able to operate safely when in close proximity. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Accidents between trucks and smaller vehicles do happen, and it is usually the smaller vehicles that fare worse in a crash.
The sheer size and weight of trucks make them especially dangerous. They tend to carry hefty cargo loads, and it is vital that these loads are attached safely. It is also important that trucks follow regulations in terms of the maximum weight that they can carry. An overloaded truck can be extremely dangerous, and here’s why.
More weight means less stopping power
Trucks have larger stopping distances without taking into consideration heavy loads. The heavier a load is, the longer the stopping distance will be. If a truck driver spots a hazard or runs into adverse weather conditions, then they need to be able to stop as quickly as possible. If they are overloaded with cargo, then braking will be significantly impeded. The ultimate consequence of this is that they are unable to stop in time before colliding with a car, motorbike or even a pedestrian.
Tires can only withstand a certain amount of strain. If a vehicle is overloaded, then the tires will be forced to strain with weights that exceed their safety limits. The most dangerous consequence of this is a tire blowout, which is where all of the air leaves a tire almost instantly. This can result in the vehicle spinning out of control and colliding with anything in its path.
The consequences of accidents involving larger vehicles are serious, and it is important to stay as safe on the roads as possible. If you have been hurt in a crash with a commercial motor, make sure you assess your legal options.