Even the lightest commercial motor vehicle (CMV) weighs around 10,000 pounds.
As many CMVs are designed to transport cargo across vast distances, they
tend to get weighed down. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) regulates how heavy a CMV can get.
Weight is significant because of potential for tipping over and highway
maintenance issues. The federal government passed the Federal-Aid Highway
Act of 19536, which authorized the Interstate and Defense Highway System.
Overweight and overloaded trucks tend to damage the nation’s highways
and streets and could cause problems on bridges that can’t bear
too much weight.
On the federal level and in most states, most CMVs can’t weigh more
than 80,000 pounds with all cargo included. Only some natural gas vehicles
can exceed this limit up to 82,000 pounds because these tend to be lighter
than the average diesel tank and fueling system.
Likewise, Congress passed a Bridge Formula in 1975 to limit the weight-to-length
ratio of any CMV crossing a bridge. Measuring appropriate weight is usually
done by spreading the burden over additional axles or by increasing the
distance between axles.
If a driver or his or her employer is found to be over the sanctioned weight
limit, the U.S. Department of Transportation will issue a violation. Violations
can cost thousands of dollars and can reduce a company’s safety
rating, which can affect business. Likewise, in some states, law enforcement
can arrest and jail a driver for an overweight truck violation. Some states
might also revoke his or her commercial driver’s license.
Additionally, if you or a loved one were harmed by a truck with weight
violations, you will likely be able to seek compensation for your medical
bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let our skilled
Wichita truck accident attorneys look at your case and offer experienced recommendations about your best
legal course of action.
Contact us at (316) 313-4730 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case