The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was created
to help manage the trucking industry to ensure the safety of the drivers
and other individuals on the road. Commercial motor vehicles (CMV) can
weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds, so if the driver loses control
of them, the CMV can cause massive amounts of damage.
One of the ways the FMCSA prevents trucks from tipping over, blowing out
a tire, or destroying highways is by putting restrictions on how much
a truck can weigh. Federally, CMVs can only weigh about 80,000 pounds,
unless the truck has a special permit or meets certain requirements. A
natural gas CMV, for example, weighs less than the average CMV, so it
can carry up to 2,000 pounds more.
Overweight vehicles can damage the nation’s highways in addition
to posing a hazard if it loses control. For example, CMVs going downhill
can be dangerous in general but can pose even more of a risk if the truck
is too heavy for the breaks to slow down in an emergency.
If a truck driver or company violates these restrictions, they could be
fined. Likewise, some states even arrest CMV drivers who have overweight
vehicles. The cost of a violation tends to be expensive, as well.
If you or a loved one were harmed by an overweight CMV, you might be eligible
for compensation. The law would be on your side if a driver violated federal
regulations. Our skilled
Kingston truck accident attorneys can provide experienced and compassionate advocacy. We are dedicated to
helping the victims of negligence seek compensation for their injuries.
Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. can provide you with lawyers who have ample trial experience and can aggressively
represent your interests. Let us see how we can assist.
at (845) 340-4878 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation today.