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Failure to Maintain Trailers

Tragically, large commercial trucks cause hundreds of thousands of accidents annually in the United States, many of which result in serious injuries or even death for those involved. While a number of these accidents are caused by uncontrollable factors such as inclement weather, many could be prevented with careful attention to the road, environment, and the vehicles themselves.

One issue that causes a majority of avoidable truck accidents is the failure of a trucking company to properly maintain its trucks’ trailers. As essential components of 18-wheelers and semi trucks, trailers bear the weight of the materials and/or products being transported. Because of this, it is imperative for trucking companies to ensure that every aspect of their trailers are regularly inspected and properly maintained. This can help prevent accidents caused by loss of load, unbalanced loads, wrongful detachment of trailer, and a variety of other issues.

Common Issues with Poorly Maintained Trailers

Maintaining all parts of a truck, including its trailer, is a key duty that all trucking companies must complete. When they neglect to properly fulfill this responsibility, it may result in devastating accidents that can injure the truck’s driver and other innocent parties.

Unfortunately, the following trailer problems can contribute to catastrophic truck accidents:

  • Broken axles
  • Broken or damaged hitches
  • Damaged wiring
  • Defective or damaged tires

These and other trailer defects and problems can all too easily result in a trailer malfunction, thus causing a severe truck accident

For More Information

Truck accidents resulting from improperly maintained trailers can cause devastating physical injuries, serious psychological trauma, and burdensome financial losses. Because these accidents are often avoidable through proper truck maintenance, however, victims of such accidents can usually secure financial compensation from the trucking company at fault by taking legal action. In some cases, though, this process can be complicated and confusing, so if you have found yourself facing this situation, get the information and help you need by filling out the above contact form.