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Negligent Maintenance Issues in Truck Crash Cases

Published in truck accident on June 10, 2019.

Commercial trucks and tractor-trailers play a vital role when it comes to transporting goods in today’s economy. Since these large vehicles are in almost-constant use, they require significant amounts of maintenance every year. In addition to negatively impacting a business, a poorly maintained truck or tractor-trailer can present a safety hazard to all other vehicles on the roadway at a given time.

Federal motor carrier regulations require that these large vehicles be properly maintained. For example, commercial truck drivers are required to perform both pre-trip and post-trip inspections. Moreover, these common carriers must make sure that all vehicle accessories and parts are maintained on a regular basis. They must also keep detailed logs of all truck inspections.

When commercial trucking companies and their drivers fail to act reasonably when maintaining these large trucks, serious accidents and injuries could occur. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision that resulted from negligent truck maintenance, you might be able to assert a personal injury claim against the trucking company and/or the negligent truck driver. At Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law, our legal team can investigate how your accident likely occurred and could pursue the benefits and compensation you deserve.

Our experienced personal injury attorneys represent motor vehicle accident and work injury victims in and around Macon, Dublin, and Tifton, Georgia. Call us today to find out how we could assist you with your legal matter.

The Results of Improper Truck Maintenance

Trucking companies often try to elude proper maintenance on their trucks in order to keep to tight schedules, satisfy deadlines, and make as much money as possible. Since large trucks and tractor-trailers which are out of service are a liability to the company, it is to the company’s advantage to keep as many trucks as possible on the road at any given time. Failing to properly maintain large trucks could result in any of the following:

  1. Tire blowouts – especially in the middle of a highway or other busy roadway
  2. Overheated truck engines
  3. Turn signals and undercarriage lighting which does not work properly
  4. Headlights or tail lights burning out
  5. Brake failure when the truck’s brake pads become worn
  6. Brake failure resulting from a faulty brake line
  7. Steering mechanism failure

When any of these problems occur on a large truck, a serious accident could result. When that happens, the truck driver and/or the trucking company could have legal liability.

Speak to a Georgia Truck Accident Personal Injury Attorney about Your Case Today

If negligent maintenance issues on a truck resulted in a serious motor vehicle accident that caused you serious injuries, the legal team at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law might be able to assist. We could file a claim or lawsuit against the responsible party or parties and assist you with pursuing financial recovery for your injuries.

To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Georgia truck accident personal injury lawyer, call us today at (478) 746-1468 or contact us online for assistance handling your legal matter.