Trying to help a friend. Sorry for not
Using proper terminology
The situation is like that:
According to loading docs, load should be 41,000lbs
He goes to pick up a load which is 41,000 lbs on paper and starts driving. 10 miles later he cannot stop properly and hits a car. He gets a short distance stopping failure ticket, truck and car are totaled. George felt that his truck is not responding properly. After the accident , George gets into a truck scale and sees that the truck is 6,000lbs heavier. The shippers overloaded him with 6,000lbs illegally and probably that caused the accident
Can he try to sue the shippers
6,000lbs overload and got into an accident 10 miles after I got loaded
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He can try,I doubt he wins.
Lot of shippers do that.
That's why you always hit the cat scale.
Going from 41,000 to 46,000 lbs doesn't make
The truck fall apart.
Lot of trucks can haul 46,000.
He was following too close and rear ended someone,
That's all there is too it.
The weight of the load doesn't mean diddly squat. The gross weight of the vehicle and cargo do. If its heavier, you adapt and go. Things handle a bit differently, but someone with a months experience should be able to deal with it.
OMG, your friend George had 47,000# of cargo AND HE COULDN'T CONTROL HIS TRUCK?????
I think your friend George needs to learn proper following distances and/ or proper travel speeds in different situations.
You hit it - you bought it.
I used to haul 50 thousand of liquid daily in a smooth bore tank. It was like hauling a full swimming pool.
The liquid does not like stopping
Never had a problem stopping it.
Rules to live by while driving a loaded truck , which I’ll take All day over a unloaded truck.
Do not follow to close.
Do not get caught up in the packs, back off.
Do not excessively speed in heavy traffic conditions, even if you are doing the speed limit.
Scan at all times the traffic 500 feet up to a 1/4 mile ahead of you,.
Never take your eyes off the road.
Assume the car or big truck in front of you is going to do something stupid and you better be off the gas and ready on the brake and the wheel to slow down and maneuver your truck out of the situation.Last edited: Jun 3, 2020
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