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Is off-balance cargo the reason that big rig is weaving?

If you and your family are off on a fun road trip, the last thing you want to worry about is an accident. However, you cannot help noticing that the big rig up ahead is having trouble staying in its lane.

There could be several reasons for a truck driver struggling to keep control of his vehicle. One of those reasons is off-balance cargo that has been improperly loaded.

Overloading continues

Overloading trucks continues to be a problem despite the practice being in violation of multiple state and federal regulations. Whether a trucker works for himself or for a trucking company, the incentive for working long hours is money, and it stands to reason that if there is more cargo, there will be greater profits.

Handling and braking problems

An overloaded tractor-trailer is likely to shift. It might happen during a lane change, for example, or when going around a curve, in which case the big rig becomes hard to handle. Braking distances will increase, and the driver may misjudge the length of time it will take to stop. More braking force will be necessary when the big rig is going down an incline.

Training recommended

Did you know that overloading cargo is one of the major causes of truck crashes? New hires have many things to learn about driving a big rig, and they should receive thorough training in proper loading practices in order to avoid accidents.

Investigation matters

If you notice a big rig that seems to be having control problems, steer clear and stay safe--it could be dangerously overloaded. In the event of a truck-car crash resulting in injuries, a thorough investigation will commence to determine the cause. Aaron & Aaron, Attorneys at Law can provide assistance after this type of injury accident. Contact us today as research is a more complex undertaking than looking into a standard car crash. Negligence may extend to several parties including the trucker, the company that owns the vehicle, the mechanic who performed maintenance on the truck and even the individual who provided the training in proper loading techniques. 

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