Weighing close to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, commercial trucks and big rigs are large vehicles that not only have the potential to cause serious damage in an accident, but also have a number of different components that have to work together at all times in order to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, these components wear out and break down.
Eighteen wheelers travel thousands of miles across the country delivering good and products. Because of the significant amount of wear and tear on these vehicles, trucking companies are required to regularly inspect and repair trucks and trailers to ensure they are working properly and will not malfunction while on the road. Unfortunately, thousands of motorists are injured every year due to a driver or trucking company’s failure to maintain their vehicles.
Just like a normal passenger vehicle, big rigs and commercial trucks require regular maintenance. Trucking companies are responsible for taking action to inspect and maintain the vehicles in their fleets, and if they do not, they are putting innocent lives at risk. Any of the following could result in a vehicle malfunction on the road, resulting in devastating accidents involving unsuspecting motorists:
When vehicles are not maintained it could result in brake failure, a tire blowout, or any other disaster that could result in a serious accident and even more serious injuries. Too often truck companies and independent drivers forget, or even knowingly ignore, the need to inspect vehicles, putting lives at risk.
If you have been injured in a truck accident due to a truck company or driver failing to maintain his or her vehicle, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions about where you can get the medical attention you need, what can be done about your vehicle, and who is ultimately responsible for the harm you have been forced to endure. To discuss these questions further, fill out the contact form at the top of this page.