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Vehicle weight

The weight of semi-trucks and their trailers plays a crucial role in maintaining road safety and protecting infrastructure. Adhering to weight regulations is essential to prevent accidents, reduce wear and tear on roads, and ensure fair taxation within the transportation industry.
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    What Are the Weight Rules for Big Rigs?

    The following rules and regulations apply to semi-truck loads:

    Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

    Every commercial vehicle, including semi-trucks, has a specified GVWR. This rating indicates the maximum weight the vehicle can safely carry, including the weight of the vehicle itself, passengers, cargo, and fuel. Truck operators must ensure that their vehicles do not exceed the GVWR.

    Axle Weight Limits

    To distribute weight evenly and prevent excessive strain on individual axles, regulations specify maximum weight limits for each axle or group of axles. Truck drivers must be aware of these limits and ensure their loads are distributed appropriately.

    Bridge Formula

    The Bridge Formula establishes weight limits for different axle configurations based on the distance between axles. This formula ensures that the weight is distributed evenly and does not exceed the capacity of bridges and other road structures.


    What Are the Dangers of Overloaded Trailers?

    Dangers associated with an overloaded trailer include:

    Compromised Vehicle Handling

    Exceeding weight limits can negatively impact a semi-truck's handling capabilities. Overloaded trailers result in decreased maneuverability, longer stopping distances, and increased strain on the vehicle's braking system, increasing the risk of accidents.
    Tire Failure Excessive weight puts undue stress on tires, leading to accelerated wear and an increased likelihood of blowouts. Tire failures can result in loss of control, rollovers, and collisions.

    Braking Performance

    Overloaded trailers require more braking force to bring the vehicle to a stop. Excessive weight can strain the braking system, reducing its effectiveness and increasing the risk of rear-end collisions.

    Structural Damage

    Exceeding weight limits places additional stress on a truck's frame, suspension, and other components. Over time, this can cause structural damage, leading to costly repairs and potential breakdowns.

    Increased Fuel Consumption

    Overloaded trailers require more fuel to transport the excess weight, resulting in decreased fuel efficiency. This not only increases operating costs but also contributes to higher emissions and environmental impact.


    Can An Attorney Prove Excessive Weight in a Big Rig?

    If you have been involved in an accident with a big rig and suspect that the trailer was hauling too much weight, an experienced truck accident lawyer from MVP Accident Attorneys can help prove the case. They will thoroughly investigate the accident scene, collect evidence, and review available documentation, such as weight tickets, shipping records, and maintenance logs, to determine if the truck exceeded weight limits.

    An attorney on our legal team will also negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, striving for a fair settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, they will be prepared to take your case to court and advocate for your rights.


    Contact Us Today!

    If you were involved in a collision with an overloaded semi-truck, speak with a truck accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys as soon as possible.

    They will help you prove non-compliance with weigh station regulations, establish the trucker's negligence, and seek compensation for all accident-related damages. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.


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    Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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