Like elsewhere in the United States, many truck accidents in Missouri can be attributed to poor truck maintenance, speeding and truck driver fatigue. A fourth factor, however, is contributing more and more to unsafe commercial trucking: overloading.
To address this issue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has implemented regulations that address this growing problem. Commercial trucks must now follow two rating guides: gross combination weight and gross axle weight. These ratings apply weight limits that mean a load should never be more than a truck's combined rating for both its axles and its load. Unfortunately, some truck companies regularly exceed weight limits and allow their trucks to travel longer distances to reduce operations costs and other expenses. An overloaded truck has an increased risk of being in a truck accident, according to federal regulators.