Semitrucks are subjected to specific limits for the weight, height, and length of the cargo they’re transporting. When any of these are greater than the allowed limits, a permit is needed that outlines the specifications for the transport. This may include things like what type of safety measures must be taken and when the load can be transported.
Oversize loads that meet certain specifications may require guide vehicles, which are also known as escort vehicles. Other drivers should pay close attention to these vehicles so they can remain safe around the oversized load.
What are the dangers of oversized loads?
Truckers can have difficulties controlling an oversize load. Weight distribution can put more pressure on certain axles while reducing the weight on others, which can make it hard to steer. These loads have a risk of rolling over. Vehicles on the side of the oversized load could be crushed if there’s a rollover incident.
Improper securement is another problem because the cargo can come off the trailer. This can leave a hazard in the roadway, which can worsen as vehicles struggle to steer around it. There’s also a risk of the cargo hitting other vehicles directly when it falls.
Semitruck crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries, so getting medical care is critical. Truckers who are transporting oversized loads should be extremely careful and comply with all established regulations for their haul. When negligence or blatant defiance of rules plays a role in a crash, the victim may opt to pursue a claim for compensation.