6,000lbs overload and got into an accident 10 miles after I got loaded

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by GeorgeDBG, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. GeorgeDBG

    GeorgeDBG Bobtail Member

    Jun 3, 2020
    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
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  3. fishonron

    fishonron Light Load Member

    Jul 25, 2017
    North Central Kansas
    Was there a scale at the shipper? If not, where is the closest public scale to the shipper?
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  4. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    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.
  5. drivingmissdaisy

    drivingmissdaisy Light Load Member

    Jun 10, 2019
    And how could he tell the "truck was not responding properly" with 5000 over? I certainly can't tell in my truck if I'm at 41000 or 45000 by driving it 10 miles.
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  6. LoboSolo

    LoboSolo Medium Load Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Highway 20
    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.
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  7. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Yeah I call BS on the cant stop because of an extra 6k on the load. Sounds like he wants a reason to say it wasnt his fault.
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  8. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

    May 16, 2012
    As has been said; no, it is George's fault alone.
    He can try anything he wants, but he'll have better luck trying to become an astronaut.
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  9. tommymonza

    tommymonza Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    S.W. Florida
    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
  10. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    Thats the issue with governed trucks and automatic trannys, they handle and take off the same fully loaded or empty.
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  11. drivingmissdaisy

    drivingmissdaisy Light Load Member

    Jun 10, 2019
    Who said my truck is governed or an auto?
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