There are many cases when commercial truck accidents are caused by some form of mechanical failure which would’ve been addressed and resolved by routine inspections and maintenance. According to the Department of Transportation, nearly 30% of crashes involving semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are caused by a failure in its vehicle and tires. Even though these routine checks are mandated by federal regulations, some trucking companies and drivers ignore these required inspections.
The following are the most common causes of mechanical failure in trucking accidents:
- Failure to maintain brakes. There are traffic situations where a truck driver slams on his brakes to avoid unexpected obstructions, which makes brake failure extremely hazardous. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration discovered that 19% of inspected 18-wheelers had a brake defect which jeopardized the truck’s functionality.
- Failure to maintain tires. Driving on poorly maintained tires can make your vulnerable to a blowout situation or cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Since commercials trucks are significantly heavier than cars, with the additional of cargo weight, experiencing tire failure on the road can be disastrous. Many commercial truck drivers are required to have a special device installed which properly monitors tire air pressure.
- Failure to maintain trailers. If a trailer is not secured properly to the back of the truck, it can affect tire alignment. A misaligned tractor trailer can place more pressure on the tires, increasing the rate of wear and causing difficulties steering the truck.
At Foley & Foley, we can investigate your accident and gather crucial evidence to determine if failure to maintain was a contributing factor to your injuries. Our founding attorney was named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2016 by Best Lawyer in America®. Let us fight tirelessly for you while you make the best recovery possible from injury.
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