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Height & Weight Limits for Trucks

federal law dictates that trucks fall into certain size categories.

Truck Height & Weight Limits

Accidents Involving Oversized Trucks

Federal trucking regulations limit the size and weight of a truck; however, truck length limits will vary depending on the state. Per these regulations, a truck can weigh no more than 80,000 pounds and must be no more than 102 inches wide and 14.6 feet tall. Although these limits are in place, there are situations where a truck may seek an oversized permit to exceed these limits.

The regulations for oversized trucks, including their weight and size limits, vary per state.

Oversized trucks may present a serious hazard to motorists for various reasons. If you have been injured in an accident with an oversized truck, you need a competent attorney who can fight for fair compensation on your behalf. The trucking company may try to deny liability-even claiming that the accident was your fault. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are highly experienced in handling truck accident claims involving oversized vehicles. Our understanding of trucking regulations enables us to accurately determine whether a violation has occurred or whether another issue caused the accident.

Our law firm has secured billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. To learn more about the different victories that our team has achieved, read through our case results.

How an Oversized Truck Can Cause an Accident

The same factors that may cause a truck accident may also affect an oversized truck; however, these factors are more likely to have an impact on the ability to safely operate the vehicle when it is an oversized commercial big rig.

An 80,000 pound truck takes 525 feet to stop when traveling 65 mph. An oversized truck weighing 100,000 pounds will take 25% longer and a truck weighing 120,000 pounds will take 50% longer.

These numbers paint a clear picture of just how dangerous an oversized vehicle may be in an emergency situation, when a truck driver needs to avoid a collision. The sheer weight of an oversized truck may also put additional strain on the braking system and tires; tires may even explode while the truck is traveling at high speeds. When you take into consideration the fact that an oversized truck may be improperly loaded, all of the potential hazards associated with these vehicles are compounded.

Contact a Truck Accident Attorney at Arnold & Itkin Today: (888) 493-1629

Collisions involving oversized trucks are even more dangerous than those involving standard commercial vehicles. Because an oversized truck may weigh more than 80,000 pounds and exceed typical height, width, and length restrictions, it is more likely to cause catastrophic damage to other vehicles-and their occupants. Make sure you work with a truck accident attorney who has the skill and experience to give your case the level of representation it deserves. Our firm has recovered billions of dollars for our clients in verdicts and settlements, and we are prepared help you! Get in touch to learn how we can help you.

Do not hesitate to contact a truck accident lawyer to discuss your case involving an oversized truck.

Case Results

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  • $12 Million Massive Settlement Obtained for Truck Driver Arnold & Itkin is proud to announce that our firm has secured a $12 million settlement on behalf a truck driver who was crushed by his own cargo—which then led directly to a stroke. The driver, who was 56 years old at the time, now requires costly ...
  • $10 Million Settlement Obtained for Family Affected by Fatal Vehicle Accident Our firm represented the family of two people who were killed after their vehicle was hit by an 18-wheeler running a red light. We were successful in reaching an eight figure settlement on their behalf.
  • $10 Million Settlement Won for Family Against Negligent Trucking Company Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Caj Boatright, and Ces Tavares represented a family who had lost their father in a tragic 18-wheeler accident. He was driving home when a trucker made a dangerous maneuver and caused a massive collision. The trucking company ...
  • $3.2 Million Settlement Reached for Injured Husband & Wife Attorney Cory Itkin represented a husband and wife who were injured after being hit by two semi-trucks. The wife sustained back injures while the husband was knocked unconscious; he needed several surgeries. Our firm was successful in reaching a ...
  • $2.1 Million Settlement Obtained for Truck Accident Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a multimillion-dollar settlement for a man who suffered severe neck and back injuries in a truck accident. Our firm aggressively pursued the case until the defendant settled with our client days before trial.
  • $2 Million Large Settlement Obtained for Grieving Family Arnold & Itkin is proud to have secured a massive settlement for a family who lost their loved one due to the negligence and reckless action of a commercial vehicle driver. Our work will allow our clients to live in financial stability while they ...
  • $1.6 Million Large Settlement Reached for Victim of Severe Truck Accident Truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin secured a sizable settlement for a client who was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler on the highway. Her injuries required multiple surgeries, but the defendants refused to take responsibility. Her $1.6 million ...
  • $1.5 Million Big Rig Accident Victim Received Jury Verdict Arnold & Itkin LLP obtained a $1.5 million verdict on behalf of a client who suffered a torn meniscus when he was bumped by a tractor trailer. We are especially pleased with this result because the defendants accepted no responsibility for the injury ...
  • $1.5 Million Jury Verdict Ruled in Favor of Longshoreman Arnold & Itkin obtained a $1.55 million verdict on behalf of a client who was seriously injured when a yard mule driver collided with the pickup truck in which he was standing. The defendants only offered to settle for $35,000 while denying the ...
  • $1.49 Million Settlement for Man Struck by a Truck Our firm helped represent a client who was severely injured after he was struck by a truck. We helped recover $1.49 million on his behalf.
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