Truck Overloading

Truck Overloading

Improperly Loaded Tractor Trailers

Even skilled semi-truck drivers are at risk for a catastrophic truck collision when they pull an improperly loaded trailer.


Trailer loads must be correctly distributed to balance the weight on each axle. Overweight and overloaded trailers may lead to loss of steering and speed control, a tire blowout, or breaking difficulty. Unbalanced cargo can shift and cause the truck to roll over when changing lanes or making a turn.

Trucks Must Follow State and Federal Weight Laws

Truck weight limits and rules are set by federal and state law. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is determined by the manufacturer based on the specific truck’s brakes, suspension, and other factors. Trucking companies and drivers must adhere to the GVWR of a truck at all times. Failure to do so is illegal and very dangerous.

Many companies rely on the trucking industry to deliver their products on time. The high demand from these businesses puts the pressure on drivers to make strict deadlines, which may lead them to bend safety rules and regulations.

When the rules are broken and someone gets hurt, those responsible must answer for their carelessness.

Get the Help of Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers

Call Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer if you were injured or a loved one was killed in a truck-related accident.
Though the cards may seem stacked against you – due to pressure from the trucking company or insurance company or the details of the situation – our lawyers have the experience and drive to aggressively represent your interests and obtain the compensation you deserve.