Pennsylvania laws work to protect people in a number of ways. These laws have been adapted to ensure people are safe and healthy. One area of the law that is particularly essential is roadway safety. Vehicles traveling on Pennsylvania roads have the potential to cause serious accidents that lead to injuries or death.
Trucks, in particular, pose a significant threat to drivers on Pennsylvania roads. Truck drivers who are negligent can easily cause very serious accidents. Therefore, many laws have been enacted to prevent truck drivers from engaging in negligent behavior. Additionally, other laws have been enacted to help keep people as safe as possible around these large vehicles.
One such law is the weight requirement. Under Section 179.2 of the Pennsylvania code, oversized and overweight vehicles on Pennsylvania highways are regulated. This regulation serves to protect the safety and welfare of the people of the state.
Under Section 179.3, vehicles that are classified as overweight, oversized or a mobile home must have a permit to legally drive on Pennsylvania roadways. Whether a vehicle needs a permit depends specifically on that vehicle's weight to number of axles ratio. For example, if the vehicle has two axles, it can only have a maximum gross weight of 91,000 pounds. Vehicles that are heavier than this, with only two axles, may need a permit to drive on the roadway.
In order to obtain a permit, vehicles must meet a variety of requirements. These requirements include insurance provisions.
The permit requirement and many other laws are very important to Pennsylvania drivers. It is important to ensure that truck drivers follow all these rules to keep everyone safe. When truck accidents happen, accident victims should understand their legal rights.
If rules, like these, were ignored, the truck driver or truck company may be negligent. Negligent drivers can be held financially responsible for damages in the accident.