Commercial trucks require constant maintenance to ensure all mechanical components are in working order to prevent malfunctions on the roads and highways throughout the United States. Tire blowouts, faulty trailer hitches, and malfunctioning brakes can cause a truck driver to lose control of their vehicles, resulting in serious crashes and fatal injuries.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck accident caused by improper maintenance, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. At Accident Attorneys, our Lancaster truck accident lawyers are committed to helping you pursue the monetary damages and justice you deserve.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces hundreds of rules governing every aspect of the commercial trucking industry. In regards to maintenance, FMCSA regulations cover the subject of inspection, repair, and maintenance of commercial vehicles, including inspection reports and qualifications of inspectors.
It is mandatory for truckers to perform their own inspection prior to driving the vehicle to ensure that the truck is in safe operating condition. If any defects are discovered, the driver must report and perform any necessary repairs before getting back on the road. If the vehicle is found to have an unsafe condition while on the road, the trucker must go to the nearest place to get the proper repairs.
Trucking companies can be held legally liable when accidents are caused by their failure to maintain equipment.
Commonly ignored maintenance duties include:
Our Lancaster truck accident attorneys have over 75 years of combined experience helping accident victims recover compensation and we know how to effectively investigate a truck accident case. It may be necessary to subpoena the truck’s maintenance records to find any gaps which may indicate lapses in the routine schedule of maintenance. Checking pre-trip inspection logs may reveal known mechanical faults with the truck at the time of the collision. Do not risk going up against these powerful companies and their insurance providers without our legal counsel.
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