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Why are trucks overloaded?

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you are involved in a truck accident, the experience can be different from someone in a car accident. The cause of truck accidents makes them complicated. Several factors can lead to this accident type, and one of them is overloading. 

Why, then, would a trucking or loading company ignore cargo limits? Here are two reasons:

Lower transportation costs 

Transporting cargo can be expensive as a trucking company has to spend money on fuel and pay drivers to take numerous trips. To cut such costs, some companies opt to overload trucks to reduce trips. However, this is dangerous because it increases the chances of accidents. The driver may lose control, or the weight of the cargo may put so much pressure on the mechanical components, damaging them.

If a company has a significant amount of cargo, it should not take the easy way out. They should have enough trucks and allow drivers to take several trips. 

Increased profits

Some companies believe reducing transportation costs increases profits, as they won’t spend more on fuel and salaries. However, this may not be the case. First, since overloading damages mechanical components, a company will frequently spend money on maintenance. 

Further, the more a vehicle weighs, the more fuel it consumes. The extra weight stresses the engine, which will, in turn, consume more fuel. In addition, a truck being overweight is a violation, and a company may face huge fines.

Causing an accident is another risk of overloading a truck. Not only does the company endanger the truck driver but also other road users. They may end up paying compensation should an accident occur. If an overloaded truck injures you or your loved one, it will help to learn more about your case to receive the compensation you deserve.