Large trucks are inherently dangerous on the road due to their crushing size and weight in comparison to smaller vehicles, as well their limited maneuverability when fast action is necessary. Add to this equation a larger load than the truck is meant to carry and it becomes increasingly treacherous.
The rules for how much a large commercial truck can weigh and all other Pennsylvania tractor trailer regulations are determined by the Freight Management and Operations arm of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Not only do the laws mandate the total weight of a truck, but they stipulate how that weight must be allotted within the vehicle.
FHWA Rules for Total Maximum Permissible Commercial Truck Weight
- Maximum weight: less than 80,000 pounds
- For single axle commercial vehicles: 20,000 pounds
- For a tandem axle: 34,000 pounds
- Total maximum weight for each wheel load’s distribution is decided based on 620 pounds for every lateral inch of tire girth in combination with the specs issued by the manufacturer of the tire
When a large truck, semi tractor trailer, or 18-wheeler is overloaded with more weight than it can safely and legally accommodate, routine maneuvers like applying the brakes or making a turn can become severely compromised – with severe repercussions. Unfortunately, this practice is often seen as a poor tactic by reckless companies to make botched deadlines or raise profit margins. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Pennsylvania highway accident that you believe was the fault of an overloaded commercial tractor trailer contact the Philadelphia overloaded truck accident lawyers with Anapol Weiss. Call 1-866-735-2792 for a complimentary case review today.