A new bill proposed in Michigan,
double the fines for overweight trucks. Currently the law is that the gross cargo weight of a tractor-trailer
combination cannot legally exceed 80,000 pounds. Even with this law in
place many truck companies do not follow it. The new bill was proposed
to combat this in hopes that truck companies will start following the
weight restrictions and ultimately making our roads safer.
Injuries resulting from truck accidents are often quite serious. When trucks
are overweight and involved in a crash, the resulting injuries are more
probable to be catastrophic due to the heavy weight. This is because overloading
a truck affects the steering and braking, and can cause a semi-truck to
tip over on exit ramps.
Below are some statistics concerning
Michigan truck accident death and injuries. The statistics tailored by the Michigan Traffic Crash
Facts are from 2011:
- There were 73 truck accident deaths.
- There were 1,903 injuries related to truck accidents.
- There were 10,885 accidents involving commercial trucks.
In addition, approximately 10% of all those injured in a large truck crash will die.
Knowing these statistics, it is unfortunate that some trucking companies
still continue to disobey the law and therefore sacrifice our safety.
Our Detroit truck accident lawyers hope that this new bill will prompt
companies to follow the law.
Victims injured in a truck accident do have legal rights. If you or someone
you know has been injured in a Michigan semi-truck accident, call our
top rated truck attorneys today at(248) 793-2010 to see how we can help you. We have significant experience in these types
of cases and have a track record of helping accident victims obtain the
maximum settlement for their injuries. Call today to learn your rights!