Over Dimension Cargo Accidents in Phoenix, AZ

When the dimensions of cargo that is being transported in a large commercial vehicle exceed the standard container internal sizes, this is said to be over dimensional cargo transportation. Tractor-trailers and other types of large commercial trucks are often forced to carry freight that does not fit within the standardized dimensions. When the freight being transported is out of gauge either vertically or horizontally, the trailer must be open in some way to carry the large cargo.

Arizona drivers may recognize large commercial trucks traveling on the roads and highways with open tops, open sides, or on a flatrack container. When an Arizona motorist recognizes this occurrence, it is imperative to alter driving habits accordingly. These large commercial trucks used for over dimensional cargo transportation place all of those traveling in close proximity in danger. Therefore, when oversize cargo collisions occur, the injuries associated with the traffic crash are often debilitating.

Motorists traveling close to any type of cargo transportation are at risk due to the sheer size and structure of the majority of large commercial vehicles. The International Registration Plan (IRP) authorizes about 1.7 million commercial vehicles that are currently operating in the United States, ten Canadian Provinces, and the District of Columbia. When registering with the IRP, all commercial vehicles must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Two or more axles
  • A combined total gross weight of 26,000 pounds or more
  • Must travel through at least two Member Jurisdictions with either passengers or goods

When a commercial truck is registered with the IRP they are then referred to as Apportioned Vehicles and must comply with all mandated rules and regulations by the organization. The IRP plays an enormous role in the tracking and overseeing of commercial vehicles in regard to their safety, their travel, and the general relationship with other vehicles and districts.

Phillips Law Group has years of experience in truck accident litigation. When it comes to over dimensional cargo transportation there are a wide range of unique and particular rules and requirements. As such, it is imperative for those involved in a traffic accident with one of these vehicles to seek professional legal representation. If you or a loved one has been injured during an over dimensional cargo transportation, Phillips Law Group is here for you.

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Over Dimensional Cargo Transportation

The responsibility of carrying cargo from one destination to another entails quite a bit of stress. Trucking companies and those involved in the shipment generally place a lot of pressure on these truck drivers to make prompt deliveries that are either on time or prior to the delivery date. The trucking employee is responsible for the care of the cargo being carried as well as the vehicle used to transfer shipments. A large portion of this responsibility is keeping the cargo in good condition.

However, oversized cargo presents quite a few risks for those traveling in close proximity to the large commercial truck. First, surrounding vehicles are naturally placed in a hazardous situation due to the trucks limited ability to stay within a standard lane. Secondly, when a crash does occur, the oversized cargo often acts as a weapon threatening the lives of nearby passing cars.

When traveling along the roadways of Arizona, all motorists must be aware of the presence of large commercial trucks. Being aware of their presence will allow drivers to react accordingly and prepare for travel near such a large structure. Over dimensional cargo transportation often involves the following freight items:

  • Large pipes
  • Machinery
  • Metal coils
  • Houses
  • Concrete construction pipes

All of the above cargo items maintain atypical dimensions. In addition to being shaped oddly, these items are typically very heavy. Therefore, any collision supplies the potential for catastrophic damages by flying pieces of loose cargo. While many traffic crashes are unavoidable, being aware of the potential risks involved with these particular vehicles is crucial.

Standard size vehicles are not constructed to withstand such a serious impact like that of a collision with an oversized cargo truck. As a result, massive damage is often sustained when a large commercial vehicle collides with a smaller car. If you or a loved one has been involved in an oversized cargo crash, Phillips Law Group is prepared to take on your case today.

Contact an Experienced Lawyer

The complexities involved in truck accident litigation are enormous. Contrary to dealing with a normal car accident, those collisions involving commercial vehicles maintain a number of unique truck laws and regulations that complicate the typical legal proceedings. Therefore, it is absolutely essential for Phoenix accident victims to contact a professional legal team in a traffic crash situation.

Phillips Law Group has years of experience in truck accident law. During this time, our Phoenix personal injury attorneys have come to understand just what it takes to be successful in the courtroom. We combine our knowledge with a deep passion for the law to protect the rights of all Arizona motorists. If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries during a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

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