Accidents involving commercial trucks can result in severe damage and harm. Thus, there are federal and state regulations that require trucks to be in good condition.
Trucking companies failing to perform required maintenance and repairs can lead to accidents and serious injuries.
Truck maintenance regulations
Government regulations require trucking companies to inspect vehicles and repair or correct any issues regularly. In addition, companies must keep thorough records documenting truck maintenance. Inspections examine many parts of the truck, including the fuel tanks, brake systems, lights and wheels. Unfortunately, cost-cutting measures, negligence and inadequate employee training can result in poor truck maintenance.
Faulty systems and parts might contribute to trucking accidents. For example, if a truck has a defective or old tire, the company or driver should replace or repair the tire before operating the truck. Failing to do so could lead to a blowout that causes a major accident. Poorly maintained brakes can also cause collisions on the road.
Trucking accident liability
Trucking accidents can result in severe injuries with life-altering consequences, including chronic pain, disability and death. People who experience injuries due to truck accidents often seek insurance settlements and might choose to take legal action to seek the compensation they deserve. Demonstrating inadequate truck maintenance can play a role in proving fault in a truck accident case. Trucking companies sometimes attempt to conceal maintenance issues or perform repairs after an accident. Fortunately, there are ways to examine records and obtain evidence to fight for people injured in trucking accidents.
Maintenance problems can lead to severe injuries and harm. Therefore, trucking companies have an obligation to perform regular maintenance and repairs to help prevent accidents.