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What are Texas’ load laws for commercial trucks?

There are several factors that can lead to a truck accident in Texas. For example, a drowsy driver could lose focus and crash, or a distracted driver could take his or her eyes off the road and miss traffic cues.

In some cases, you might find that the way a truck is loaded will have a dangerous effect on how it operates, which is why the state has issued load limits. According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the following truck load restrictions include the weight of the vehicle itself: 

  •        Single-axle trucks may weigh no more than 25,000 pounds.
  •        Tandem, or two-axle, trucks may weigh no more than 46,000 pounds.
  •        Tridem, or three-axle, trucks may weigh no more than 60,000 pounds.
  •        Quadrem, or four-axle, trucks may weigh no more than 70,000 pounds.
  •        Quint, or five-axle, trucks may weigh no more than 81,400 pounds.

Any trucks that have six axles or more will be subject to a weight based on a review of the vehicle’s measurements and equipment.

In addition to these requirements, trucks in Texas must also abide by laws that dictate how far apart axles must be. There are also load-restricted areas in the state in which the maximum allowable weight is 10 percent less than the limits mentioned above.

These laws are in place for a good reason. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,921 people died in 2012 as the result of an accident with a large truck, which is defined as a vehicle with a gross weight above 10,000 pounds. When trucks exceed their weight limits, it compromises the safety of everyone on the road.

While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.

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