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Could truck company inspection records help me prove the trucker caused my accident?

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Truck inspection records can help a truck accident victim prove that the driver of the truck caused his accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted detailed rules requiring truck companies and truckers to inspect, maintain, and repair their trucks to prevent accidents caused by truck repair problems. Trucking companies and truckers are also required to maintain detailed reports that these inspections and repairs are being performed.

Reports That Could Help an Accident Victim Prove the Trucker’s Liability

These reports, or the failure to keep such reports, could be helpful in proving that the lack of necessary truck repairs was the cause of the accidnet that injured someone. Required documentation that could help accident victims includes:

  • Systematic inspection reports. Trucking companies must prepare accurate records of their systematic inspection, maintenance, and repair of their trucks. These reports must be kept for one year, but they can be destroyed earlier if the truck is no longer a part of the company’s fleet.
  • Daily written reports. Trucking companies must prepare a daily written report identifying any defect or deficiency a truck driver discovered regarding the truck’s safety or likelihood of breaking down. These reports must be kept for three months.
  • Driver qualification file. Trucking companies must maintain a file for each driver that includes his application, driving record, list of any violation of motor vehicle laws, and a doctor’s certification that the trucker is physically qualified to drive a truck.
  • Driver report. Before driving the truck, a trucker is required to inspect it to ensure it is in safe operating condition and review the last driver’s truck inspection report. If that report noted repair problems, the trucker must sign the report certifying that the repairs were made.

If you or a family member was injured in an accident caused by a truck, it is important that you contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible after your crash to obtain these critical documents before they are destroyed. Call us at 888.716.8021 for a free consultation to learn about your legal options and how we can help you get the compensation you could be entitled to.