Oversized Load Accidents

An oversized load is the term used for vehicles on the road that exceed the standard legal limit of weight and size. In the United States, an oversized load constitutes any vehicle wider than 8 ft. and 6 in. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has specific regulations regarding weight limits and tie-down methods to help avoid an oversized load accident. Companies should be fully aware of these guidelines and take the proper measures to see that vehicle drivers are fully compliant.


Oversized loads are difficult to control and pose a high risk for accidents on the roadways, especially in instances of brake failure, a tire blowout or their need for increased stopping distances. Overweight trailers, loose freight, hazardous materials, unbalanced loads and unsafe emergency stops are among the various factors involved in an oversized load accident.


Because commercial vehicle transportation involves many parties-- determining the cause of the accident and the party at fault can be an in depth process and requires the assistance of a personal injury attorney.


And oversized load accident can involve:


  • Truck Drivers
  • Owners or Companies of the Vehicle
  • Manufacturers of the Vehicle
  • Shippers or Loaders of the Truck’s Cargo


The experienced personal injury attorneys at The Gilliam Firm, PLLC can help you seek justice and recovery for your losses by carefully investigating the facts of the case to determine who is at fault by utilizing all pieces of information regarding the time of the accident, records from the weigh station and trucking company records or logs. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one has died due to the negligence of another driver in an oversized load accident, contact us immediately for a free review of the facts of your case.