Truck Accidents: Extra Wide Loads
Washington, DC Truck Accident Lawyers
According to state and federal law, trucks carrying a load wider than 8.5
feet are subject to special regulations and requirements. Most notably,
a permit must be obtained from the state in order for a truck to carry
an extra wide load, and special markings must be used on the load to ensure
other motorists take precautions when maneuvering around these large trailers.
State Permit Requirements
State permits for extra wide loads come with certain restrictions. Most
states (including Maryland and Virginia) will only allow trucks with extra
wide loads to be on the roads during the day – from a half hour
before sunrise, to a half hour after sunset. Travel at night is generally
restricted for any load wider than 8.5 feet. The wider the load is, the
stricter the travel window will be.
Additionally, if a load is extremely wide, the state may require one or
more "escort" cars to accompany it, further isolating the trailer
from the rest of traffic. This is all in an effort to prevent serious
truck accidents from occurring. Unfortunately, many motor carriers ignore
or shortcut these rules in order to save money and make a quicker delivery
– putting other motorists in danger.
Dangers of Extra Wide Loads
Trucks carrying extra wide loads are usually transporting:
- Mobile homes
- Industrial machinery
- Road construction equipment
- Logging and mining equipment
All of these loads are also extraordinarily heavy. In fact, a fully loaded
tractor-trailer that is carrying a wide load of industrial machinery can
weight over 100,000 pounds, and fully loaded mining trucks often weigh
close to 300,000 pounds.
At such excessive weights, a truck's braking system, steering system,
and tires can all too easily become compromised or fail. If the truck
collides with a passenger vehicle, the extra mass of the wide load will
transfer a greater amount of energy to the smaller vehicle, making the
impact much worse, and the chance of fatal injuries much higher.
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident involving an extra
wide load – or if your loved one has been killed – it is possible
the trucking company was not operating under a permit, or was otherwise
failing to abide by state trucking requirements.
After an accident, you may feel overwhelmed at the through of filing a
truck accident claim. That's why our team is here to help. You don't
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Finding the Right DC Truck Accident Attorney
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led to your accident. If you live in Washington DC, please contact our
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