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An overloaded truck, your injury and determining liability

On Behalf of | Sep 26, 2022 | Car Accident, Truck Accident

Injuries sustained during the crash of an overloaded big rig and a passenger car can be severe, and the victim may require treatment for a lifetime.

Medical expenses would escalate over time, and the victim would need help to pay those expenses. In such a situation, how do you determine liability for the injuries?

Overloading issues

There are many reasons for truck-car crashes, but one the driver of a passenger vehicle would not see coming is a big rig with overloaded cargo. Too much cargo that is not properly loaded will result in a truck that is off balance, which will affect performance. The driver will have trouble controlling the truck especially at higher speeds and around curves. Heavier cargo requires longer braking distances. Overloading puts undue stress on components such as axles and also causes premature tire wear. So, in many respects, the results of overloaded cargo can be disastrous.

Dealing with common injuries

Because of the great size and weight of a large truck, the occupants of smaller vehicles usually suffer the most serious injuries in a truck-car crash. Common results include traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries and broken arms or legs. These are serious injuries that will require hospitalization followed by a rehabilitation program. Some injuries can result in paralysis and may require a lifetime of medical care.

Determining liability

Determining the liability in a truck-car crash is a complex undertaking. The first step is a thorough investigation of evidence left behind at the crash scene. In determining liability, an advocate for the victim may find that responsibility extends to multiple parties, such as the truck driver, the trucking company and even the company responsible for loading the cargo. The injured victim has the right to expect compensation from all to cover current and future medical expenses and more.