Posted in Truck Accidents on October 17, 2019
Most people have driven down the road and been forced to slow down or wait for a semi-truck carrying an oversized load to go by. These trucks and loads are typically accompanied by escort vehicles. In reality, oversized load vehicles can be very dangerous for both the truck driver and everyone else on the roadway. Understanding oversized load in Georgia is a step towards staying safe on the roadways.
Georgia law tries to balance the interests of public safety with the interests of individuals, companies, and government entities that need to transport large loads from place to place. Under Georgia law, the legal loads for a vehicle are:
A routine permit is required for loads over those legal limits. The routine permit will allow for loads:
When larger loads must be transported, a person must obtain a permit, and there will be escort pilot car requirements. Escort pilot cars are required under the following circumstances:
The laws are in place to ensure companies operate oversized loads as safely as possible. However, there are times with transportation companies operate with the bare minimum requirements or even ignore the laws.
Ignoring laws or operating carelessly with an oversized load can lead to the vehicle striking the underside of an overpass or bridge, striking other vehicles on the roadway, or striking other stationary objects in the path of the load. This can lead to catastrophic injuries on the roadway. Due to the size and weight of a truck and an oversized load, those in passenger vehicles affected in a crash often suffer from the following:
If you are driving on any roadway and are near an oversized load, you need to take precautions. If possible, choose another route from the one being used by the truck. Stay well away from the rear of the oversized load so you have time to react if anything happens in front of you. Do not try to pass the oversized load or drive beside the vehicle.