Overweight and Overloaded Trucks in Georgia

Businesses enter the freight industry to make money. The more freight a company moves the more money a company makes. Every turn of the wheel creates more overhead. More wear on the truck, more pay to the driver, less gas in the tank. A trucking company has to make each trip count, and they have to compete with other companies struggling to make a better deal, get freight there faster.

The incentive to load up and carry as much as possible per trip is enormous. Unloading takes time. Multiple trips cost money, especially if the rig is empty on the way back. But the dangers of overloading to other drivers on the road add up as well.

The Hazards of Overweight and Overloaded Trucks

Regulations limiting weight exist for a reason. Overweight trucks risk:

  • Jack-knifing
  • Rollovers from unwieldy loads shifting in transit
  • Increased stopping distance
  • Ripping up the roads creating hazards
  • Tire blowouts
  • Brake failure
  • Larger blind spots
Regulations Limit Loads and Truck Sizes

Georgia law puts limits on how much a truck may way before it lumbers down the road. This is determined on a "per axle" basis. A tractor-trailer on a Georgia road may not weigh more than 20,340 pounds if it has a single axle according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. That amount increases to 40,680 pounds of freight for a two axle rig no longer than 55 feet if the total weight (truck and freight) does not exceed 73,280 pounds. These limits increase all the way up to 80,000 pounds for a truck with five axles.

Additionally, The Georgia Department of Transportation has rules dictating the maximum size that a tractor trailer may be. This means a rig cannot be longer than 100 feet (tractor and trailer combined). Furthermore, to for a rig to be legally operated on Georgia roads, it may not be wider than eight-and-a-half feet, or taller than thirteen-and-a-half feet. Tandem units of two twenty eight foot long trailers are also permitted in Georgia.

The Federal Government has its own system of boundaries regarding truck weight limits that are even lower than those imposed by Georgia law. For example the load limit for a single axle is 20,000 pounds, considerably less than the State of Georgia allows.

Reach Out to an Attorney

If you have been injured or your property damaged because a truck was overloaded or oversized that is illegal negligence and you deserve compensation. A lawsuit must be brought to make you whole again either through a negotiated settlement or by the verdict of a jury. You are owed money for disability, lost past and future wages, loss of consortium, wrongful death, repair and rental costs, past and future medical bills and your pain and suffering.

If you have been impacted by the negligent loading of a tractor trailer, it is the responsibility of the negligent party to cover the damage. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a large truck collision contact the Persons Firm by calling 770 424 5125 immediately for a free consultation.