Large trucks hauling oversized loads are a danger on the roadway that can cause devastating accidents and injuries. Federal and state regulations limit the size and weight of cargo that trucks can carry. FMCSR’s set forth minimum requirements for transporting oversized loads. Semi-tractor trailers carrying oversized loads have a limited turning radius, need greater braking distance, and the vehicles center of gravity can be affected by an oversized load. If you see a semi carrying an oversized load, be very cautious because this condition can cause a serious accident. In many cases the big truck wreck is caused by a truck driver or trucking company which acted carelessly or failed to follow the proper federal motor carrier safety regulations.
At The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm we understand the dangers posed by trucks with oversized loads. Our dedicated truck accident lawyers have extensive experience helping injured people throughout Michigan. Attorney Joseph Dedvukaj is among a select group of attorneys who have earned the respect of the commercial trucking accident community.
In Michigan, our commercial truck accident legal team is ready to listen to you and discuss your legal options for seeking compensation for injuries caused by a truck with an oversized load. The initial consultation is always free. If you’ve been injured, contact The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm for the dedicated, fearless, passionate, and experienced legal help you can trust.
Oversized load accidents are among the most dangerous on the road. A truck with an oversized load can weigh 10-20 times more than other vehicles on the road. Oversized load truck accidents can easily damage or destroy other vehicles, especially when they come in contact while moving at higher speeds.
If you have been injured in a collision involving a truck with an oversized load, turn to a compassionate injury lawyer at The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm for assistance.
A knowledgeable Michigan oversized load truck accident attorney can help you understand your rights to hold the trucking company responsible and serve as your mouthpiece throughout the claims process. The knowledge of a talented and skilled attorney can help put your mind at ease while you heal from your injuries.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the weight of commercial trucks on public roads. The federal motor carrier safety regulations mandate maximum weight limits for interstate highways are:
In an effort to protect the public, Michigan law authorize the Michigan Department of Transportation to issue special permits for the transportation movement, over state highways of vehicles or loads which exceed the size or weight limitations specified by law, if the proper safety measures are taken.
In Michigan, the Michigan Department of Transportation issues oversize permits when trucks are hauling a load that is bigger than:
Usually, big truck accident and oversized load trucking accident have unique contributing factors. We work with our team of investigators and lawyers using tools and techniques to identify the cause of a truck accident. From the start of the investigation, they may rely on:
The truck accident attorneys at The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm work with truck mechanics and accident reconstruction specialists to determine the cause of a truck accident involving an oversized load.
If you need to drive near or going around an oversized load truck, be extremely careful and keep a proper look out at all times. Accidents can happen at any time, so it’s best to take precautions:
Oversized trucks must be marked on the front and rear with a sign reading “OVER-SIZE LOAD” and must have escort vehicles when they exceed 12 feet, 4 inches in width, 110 feet in length, or 14 feet, 6 inches in height.
A permitted vehicle over 85 feet long, or 10 feet, 6 inches wide, or above legal height may not exceed 55 miles per hour.
Permitted vehicles wider than 14 feet, 6 inches are only allowed on roads during specified hours, such as weekdays from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset.
Critical starting point with every truck accident, is finding out who is at fault for the oversized load truck accident. It will play a decisive role in any option you have about compensation after the accident.
Our investigators will try to piece together what caused an oversized load truck accident. A truck driver, a trucking company, the owner of the cargo, or the shipper that loaded the truck could be at fault for the accident. Sometimes, if the cause of the accident is clear cut about who is at fault for the crash, the insurance company of those responsible may offer a settlement pre-suit.
Be aware that an insurer offering a quick settlement without your attorney is likely to be far less than the fair value of your compensation claim. You always need to hire reputable and aggressive lawyers in this kind of situation. In these complex trucking accidents, you will need the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer who can assess your needed life-care plan, calculate you’re cost of your medical bills, lost income from missed work, and demand a full and fair settlement.
Oversized loads are usually complicated can be challenging to handle. When an inexperienced, fatigued, or distracted truck driver is involved, an accident is more likely to occur.
Some common oversized load crash types include:
After an accident, you may have questions about what you should do next. A.skilled truck accident lawyer can evaluate your oversized load accident case, answer your concerns, and help you develop a winning strategic plan to proceed with your claim.
How Do Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers Help?
We have a history of high client satisfaction without legal service. A lawyer’s legal services should help in the following manner:
• Answering your questions about the truck accident.
If you’ve been injured by an oversized load truck accident, you may be worried and suffering great financial losses. You may have medical bills piling up and your life is turned upside down. A truck wreck lawyer can answer the questions and help you understand your options to help you recover and move forward with your claim.
• Experienced truck Accident Lawyers Work With Accident Investigators.
An oversized load truck accidents can be complex and complicated to investigate. Our truck accident specialist attorneys work hard to resolving puzzling aspects of a crash to understand what caused your oversized load tractor trailer accident. Our attorneys may hire accident reconstruction experts and truck driver safety specialists to establish a strong case for you. Our team of investigators may gather evidence showing that the truck was overloaded and/or traveled in violation of a Michigan oversized load permit or trucking safety regulations.
• Analyzing driver logs.
All over the road commercial truck drivers are required to follow strict limits on driving hours that govern how much time a truck driver can drive without taking the required rest break.
• Negotiate at fault parties’ insurance company.
An experienced personal injury truck accident lawyer knows how to communicate and stand up to insurance companies and will prevent an insurer from taking advantage of you.
• Filing lawsuit against responsible oversized load parties.
If you’re seriously injured in an oversized load accident and the insurance company representing the at-fault trucker refuses to agree to a reasonable settlement, you may need to file a truck accident lawsuit demanding full and fair compensation for your pain and suffering and economic losses like medical bills and lost wages. Our attorneys at The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm have the knowledge and experience to advocate for you in court.
If you’ve been injured in an oversized load accident, get in touch with the experienced lawyers at The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm now. Since 1994, we’ve been helping the people across Michigan and beyond rebuild their lives after serious truck accidents involving large trucks. Our team is committed to helping you through this difficult time.
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