Truck Accidents Caused by Maintenance Failures
Experienced Orlando Truck Accident Attorney
Commercial trucks travel thousands of miles at a time on a regular basis. Because they see so much use, it is crucial for truck drivers and companies to ensure that their trucks are maintained and always in good working order. Not only is this something that a diligent professional should know to do, but it is also something that is required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Most truck drivers are responsible and have a respect for the road, other motorists, and the safety of others. Sadly, there are also those who are neglectful.
It is vital for truck owners and drivers to regularly inspect the following to reduce the risk of an accident:
- Steering systems
- Coupling devices
- Indicators, reflectors, and brake lights
- Windshield wipers and mirrors
Any malfunction of any of these essential items can spell disaster on the road. Tire blowouts can cause a truck to jackknife. A brake failure can cause a truck to slam into the back of whatever vehicle is in front of it. Brake lights that don’t work can cause someone traveling behind the truck to slam into the back of the trailer at night when visibility is lowest. All of these accidents are entirely preventable when truck drivers take the necessary steps to take care of their vehicles.
Determining Liability for a Truck Accident
If a maintenance failure leads to a preventable truck accident, the person or entity responsible can be held liable for compensating the victim for their medical bills, lost wages, physical and mental pain and suffering, and more.
Any of the following parties may be held responsible for an accident:
- The truck driver who may have failed to inspect the truck before driving it or for ignoring a piece of broken equipment and failing to make the necessary repair
- The trucking company who may have negligently hired a careless or unqualified driver, failed to maintain its truck, or failed to ensure that its truck was equipped with the necessary safety gear
- The mechanic for failing to conduct the proper maintenance or for installing faulty parts
- The equipment manufacturer for creating a defective and unsafe product
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