Big-Rigs and Weight Limits They Must Adhere to
We know you've seen them: those trucking weigh stations along the highway that are mysteriously closed. It almost seems like they're always closed.
Well, contrary to popular belief, they are open sometimes, and when they are, truck drivers must abide by the strict weight limits. It's not uncommon for truck drivers to get busted at these stops because they overload their trucks and convince themselves that they won't get caught. Why do they overload? Simple: more cargo in the truck = fewer trips to make = money saved.
Semi-trucks have weight limits because heavier trucks are more likely to be involved in accidents. Currently, semis can't weigh any more than 80,000 pounds, or 40 tons. Can you imagine a truck weighing more than 40 tons barreling down the highway, trying to speed and make up for lost time? That truck is a huge, ticking time bomb on the road and it's only a matter of time before it causes a catastrophic accident. Heavy trucks are also harder to control, especially if a driver is suddenly trying to avoid an accident.
Weight limits are just a piece of the puzzle when it comes to all of the regulations with which trucking companies and their drivers must comply. Truck drivers go through rigorous training and testing before they are ever allowed to even think about hitting the road. There are drug tests, background checks, and their knowledge of the trucking industry is tested. They try very hard not to let anyone on the road that shouldn't be there. The actual trucks must also meet certain standards, including not exceeding the weight limit.
If you've been in a trucking collision in Texas, Arkansas, or Oklahoma, contact Girards Law Firm for a free consultation at 888-897-2762.