When it comes to truck accidents, most people think of rollovers, sharp turns and simple driver error as the cause. But while those are certainly a few common causes, they aren’t the only ones by any means. In fact, there’s a lesser-known reason that’s just as common—and just as dangerous – negligent maintenance of a vehicle.
It sounds like a minor problem; the truck just needs a tune-up, right? In reality, though, it can actually lead to some of the deadliest, most dangerous crashes on the roads.
TRUCK ACCIDENTS AND NEGLIGENT MAINTENANCE OF A VEHICLE ISSUES
Just think: how many parts are there in big rigs? There are brakes, tires, steering columns, horns, lights, mirrors, windshield wipers, fans, belts and hundreds more systems and pieces that must all be in order for these trucks to work properly. If they’re not, this could render a driver unable to turn or stop, or this could even cause them to lose control of the vehicle.
Fortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations in place to prevent poor truck maintenance. The FMCSA actually has standards that all commercial truck drivers must abide by. They set forth when and how maintenance must be completed, and they stipulate how employers must monitor compliance and ensure these rules are followed.
However, like any rules or laws, not everyone feels the need to follow the FMCSA’s regulations. Trucking companies let maintenance slide in order to save money, and drivers often forgo inspections in order to speed up their drive or make a deadline. When this happens, it puts not only the truck driver at risk, but everyone else on the road at risk, too.
IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT?
Were you in an accident with a truck? Then negligent maintenance of a vehicle could very well be the reason. Contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today, and we’ll investigate the cause behind your recent wreck. Chances are, you’re due compensation for your injuries, damages and pain suffered, so call us now to get started.