Let Our Skilled Wichita Truck Accident Attorneys Help
Commercial motor vehicles (CMV) are driven by licensed individuals who
are trained to handle such large vehicles. A CMV can weigh anywhere from
10,000 to 80,000 pounds, so most people know trucks can do a lot of damage
if they hit another vehicle. Because CMVs tend to be more dangerous the
more cargo they carry, both federal and state laws place restrictions
on how heavy a CMV can be. If you were injured in an accident with an
overweight commercial truck, don’t hesitate to call us.
Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC is here to help. Tell us about your case in a free consultation today.
Contact us at (316) 313-4730 or fill out our online form to schedule a conversation
with us today.
The Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) is in charge of enforcing weight policies.
Because heavier CMVs tend to be unwieldy, the state places limits on how
much weight a truck can carry based on the distance it needs to travel
and how many axles it has. Likewise, the heavier a vehicle is, the more
it damages the roadways.
The heaviest a CMV can be is 80,000 pounds on the highway and 85,000 pounds
on any other Kansas road. There are penalties for going over the maximum
gross weight allowed by the KHP, and drivers can face fines for each pound
over the max amount.
CMVs can cause extreme amounts of damage if their drivers lose control
of the truck. In 2012, 3,900 people were killed, and another 104,000 were
injured as a result of CMV
crashes. One of the reasons a driver can lose control of his or her vehicle is
overloaded or overweight trucks. For example, if the truck is going downhill,
the excess weight can add speed to the vehicle. Sudden stops are impossible
for commercial trucks of average weight, but overweight trucks are incapable
of coming to a halt if something or someone rushes in front of the CMV.
Likewise, an overweight truck might also be overloaded. Overloaded cargo
may be insufficiently secured and can fall off the truck, which then causes crashes.
Let Us Hold the Company Responsible
If you sustained a serious injury as the result of a truck accident, give
us a call. Many CMV accidents lead to the catastrophic injury of passenger
car occupants, because cars offer insufficient protection from the bulk
of a CMV, particularly if it’s overweight. Catastrophic injuries
can cost incredible amounts of money in medical bills, rehabilitation
costs, and lost wages. If a truck driver has overloaded his or her vehicle,
he or she is not only in violation of Kansas law but was negligent in
doing so. Let us help you hold the person or company responsible for your
injury accountable for their mistake. Talk to one of our skilled Wichita
truck accident attorneys about your case in a consultation.
Call us at (316) 313-4730 or
fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you.