Commercial truckers drive an average of 100,000 miles every year, and this can consequently place a large strain on trucks very quickly. If a trucking company fails to properly maintain their fleet, they are risking the onset of a wide variety of mechanical problems. Truck drivers should always perform pre-trip inspections of the truck, with a strong emphasis on the brakes and tires, as around 30% of commercial truck accidents involved brake failures. In the event of a trucking accident caused by mechanical malfunction(s), the driver, trucking company, or even the brake manufacturer may be responsible for any resulting costs associated with the damages.
There are federal safety standards that every truck must meet prior to hitting the road. Commercial trucking companies are required to file maintenance records to prove their vehicles are safe and are not at risk for mechanical failure on the road. Common mechanical failures of trucks include the following:
If you’ve sustained an injury in a trucking accident due to a mechanical failure, you may be able eligible for compensation.
If you’ve been a victim of a truck accident and are unsure what to do next, the highly qualified truck accident lawyers of Williams Kherker can guide you through the legal process and determine your legal options. Contact Williams Kherker by calling 800-220-9341 or filling out the form at the top of this page.