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Trucking Accidents: The Dangers of Oversized Loads

An oversized load presents unique dangers and can cause serious trucking accidents. Although trucks are designed to carry very heavy loads, overloading them causes tire problems and issues with controlling the vehicle.

Oversized loads are also not permitted in many areas because the infrastructure cannot handle them. That is, highways, bridges, and other roads are simply not built to handle loads of that size. Areas that are under construction also cause further support issues.

Causes of Oversized Truck Accidents

Large trucks are already difficult to control, so oversized loads are often only allowed where the driver has specialized training and a team to help. Below are some common problems that oversized loads have to deal with.

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Types of Accidents Associated with Oversized Loads

Several types of accidents that involve oversized loads are more common than others.

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Florida Oversized Load Regulations

There are regulations at both the state and local level for oversized loads. In Florida, trucks over 80,000 pounds are considered oversized. The truck must also be under 13 feet and 6 inches tall and be less than 8 feet, 6 inches wide.

Drivers must obtain a special permit for any truck that is considered oversized. Permits are allowed for trucks up to 12 feet in width and 15 feet in height. Oversized loads are not allowed to travel in the evening hours. They can only drive half an hour prior to sunrise and half an hour prior to sunset. Only certain vehicles are allowed to travel on the weekends.

Some oversized loads are required to have escort vehicles or pilot cars. If the truck is over 12 feet wide, one pilot car is required. If it is over 14 feet wide, then two pilot cars are necessary. Similar requirements apply to height restrictions. Check with the Florida DOT for more information.

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Legal Liability in Oversized Load Accidents

If a truck driver or trucking company does not comply with both state and federal load regulations, then they could be liable in the event of an accident. These regulations are in place to help prevent accidents. A violation of any of these regulations could be grounds to argue that the driver was acting carelessly or recklessly, a requirement to prove liability in any trucking accident case.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with an oversized load truck, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced truck Accident attorney Florida  at Fetterman & Associates, PA for more information. Call (561)-845-2510 or use our live chat feature to schedule a free case evaluation.

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