Oversized Load Truck Accident in North Carolina
The size and weight of trucks that can operate on public roads are limited by state and federal laws. These statutes are meant to ensure that commercial motor vehicles safely share the road with others. However, there are times when drivers must transport larger items or cargo. The vehicles that move such heavy freight are known as oversized load trucks.
Trucks with oversized loads present their own unique hazards because of their massive size. A miscalculation on the part of the loading company, a mistake with securing the load, an error on the part of the driver, or any other negligence when dealing with an oversized load truck can result in serious and potentially fatal accidents.
If you were injured in an accident with an oversized load vehicle, get a knowledgeable North Carolina oversized truck accident lawyer at Stewart Law Offices on your side. For over 25 years, our firm has worked tirelessly to protect the rights and interests of injured people just like you. Let us fight to help you obtain the financial recovery and justice that you deserve.
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What Is an Oversized Load Truck?
An oversized load truck refers to any commercial truck that exceeds any of the maximum size and weight dimensions permitted for commercial trucks under state and federal law.
Trucks that exceed these limits must obtain an oversized load permit from the state and be marked rear and front with an “OVERSIZED LOAD” sign and flags. In many cases, oversized load trucks are also required to have escort vehicles.
Are Oversized Load Trucks More Dangerous Than Other Commercial Trucks?
Oversized load trucks can prove more dangerous than regular commercial trucks for a few reasons.
The danger of typical commercial trucks comes from their weight and the violent forces they can impart in a collision with another vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian. The greater weight of an oversized load truck, the greater the forces impacting anything it strikes. That’s true even though oversized trucks operate at slower speeds than regular commercial trucks.
The greater dimensions of many oversized load trucks also means that they take up more space on the road. An oversized load truck could extend partially into other lanes. A distracted or inexperienced truck driver may not notice when another motorist attempts to pass, causing an accident.
An oversized load truck may also have new or larger blind spots, which can obscure others on the road from the truck driver’s view.
How Can an Oversized Load Truck Accident Occur?
Operating an oversized load truck presents difficulties that differ from those driving other kinds of commercial trucks. An error or act of negligence by a truck driver, the trucking company, the freight company, or others involved with the truck can easily lead to a crash.
Some of the most common causes of oversized load truck accidents include:
- Inexperienced operator
- Improperly secured load
- Deferred or negligently performed maintenance on the truck
- Design or manufacturing defects
- Driving too fast for road/weather conditions
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Driving under the influence
An experienced oversize truck accident lawyer can investigate your case to determine which factors contributed to your wreck. Then, your attorney will work toward building a case that holds all at-fault parties accountable for their recklessness.
Injuries Resulting from an Oversized Load Truck Crash
All large trucks have the capability to cause catastrophic injuries to others. Oversize load trucks have an even greater chance of inflicting serious or life-threatening injuries because of their size.
Examples of injuries that can result from oversized load truck crashes include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Facial and other head injuries
- Spinal disc herniation and ruptures
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Deep cuts and blood loss
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Tendon, ligament, and muscle sprains and tears
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
At Stewart Law Offices, we understand how hard life can be after an accident, especially if your injuries are permanent. Our oversized truck accident attorneys will pursue all of the compensation for everything you’ve lost.
Government Regulations for Oversized Load Trucks
North Carolina law requires all oversized load trucks to obtain either an annual permit or a single trip permit to lawfully operate on public roads. Permits are issued to the insured owner of the truck or self-propelled oversized equipment for that specific vehicle and may not be transferred to another vehicle. Permits may also be subject to certain requirements and restrictions based on the load being transported.
Oversized load trucks may not be operated between sunset and sunrise on any day or on Sundays unless allowed under the issued permit.
In addition, operators of oversized load trucks are required to minimize the dimensions of their vehicles and load as much as possible before applying for a permit. Any towing unit or truck must also be licensed for the maximum allowable weight to be eligible for an oversized weight permit.
Oversized load trucks and drivers must also be appropriately registered and licensed to drive into or through North Carolina, as may otherwise be required under state law.
Violating government regulations for oversized load trucks or the conditions and requirements of an oversized load permit may result in the revocation of the permit and (especially for repeated violations) revocation of the privilege to apply for or hold oversized load permits.
Compensation in Your Oversized Load Truck Accident Claim
If you’ve been injured by an oversized load truck due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation for losses that you’ve incurred because of your injuries, such as:
- Costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation
- Long-term care expenses
- Lost income and earning potential
- Lost quality and enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
How Our Oversized Load Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help
After you’ve been injured in an oversized load truck accident, our lawyers can help you pursue financial compensation for your losses by:
- Sitting down with you in a free case review
- Conducting a thorough investigation to recover all available evidence
- Working with accident reconstruction and trucking industry professionals to determine what happened in the accident and identify who should be held liable
- Determining the full extent of insurance coverage available to compensate you in your claim
- Communicating with you regularly throughout your case
- Negotiating toward a full and fair settlement from the at-fault parties and their insurers
- Preparing your case for trial, if needed
Call or contact Stewart Law Offices today for a free consultation. Having our N.C. oversize truck accident lawyers in your corner can make a difference when it comes to pursuing the full value of your claim*.
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