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Federal Regulations Regarding Oversize Loads

Most of us who have driven on Georgia highways or interstates have seen trucks carrying oversize loads. The cargo that these vehicles may haul includes things like mobile homes, construction equipment, heavy machinery, and building materials. Because of the risk of significant injury that these vehicles and their cargo can pose, they are subject to specific regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). While these regulations are generally followed, accidents continue to happen, sometimes with serious consequences for those involved. The best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve after an accident involving a truck carrying an oversize load is to retain a Peachtree City truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.


Federal regulations require that trucks carrying loads that extend four or more inches beyond the sides or rear of the vehicle must have the extremities of the load marked with fluorescent orange flags that are at least 18 inches square. In addition, Georgia imposes its own regulations on loads that exceed a certain size or weight. Some of these restrictions required escorts, signs, flags, and specific permits. Any non-compliance with either state or federal regulations may be sufficient to establish legal liability on the party responsible for the operation of the vehicle.

Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a truck carrying an oversize load, you may be entitled to receive substantial compensation. The truck accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to helping the victims of trucking accidents recover for their losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999. If you would prefer to reach us by email, please fill out our online contact form available at the top of this page.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia