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Why are overloaded trucks so dangerous?

On Behalf of | May 10, 2021 | Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks travel all across the state of Florida every day. While many drivers don’t give a second thought to traveling next to these trucks, the reality is that they can be extremely dangerous when they’re overloaded. In fact, trucks that are overloaded can be dangerous in a few different ways.

More tire wear

Trucks that are overloaded tend to have more rapid wear on their tires. This increases the truck’s risk of blowing out a tire due to the tire being overheated. Also, truck tires tend to throw the threads off of them when they get worn down. When these threads come off as a truck is going down the highway, they can result in dangerous truck accidents. Not only could these treads create damage to the trailer as it runs over them, but they can also cause damage to vehicles that are traveling on the roadway next to the truck.

More volatility

Trucks are specifically designed to handle a precise amount of weight. When the weight of the truck exceeds what it’s meant to handle, it can make it more volatile. This increases the ability of the truck to easily lose its balance and even capsize over. As a general rule of thumb, the more overweight the truck is, the harder it’s going to be for the driver to control. Drivers may find it more difficult to stop quickly to avoid an accident or even to make a left-hand turn without capsizing the truck over.

While the trucking industry is a very fast-paced industry, it’s important for drivers to be safe while on the roadway. Unfortunately, there are various trucking drivers who will have their trucks overloaded so that they can transfer more products. This is highly dangerous to do and can result in some severe and even fatal truck accidents.