Innocent Motorists Suffer When Truck Companies Don’t Repair Problems
Big-rig trucks are driven 50,000 miles or more on our highways each year, and the wear and tear on the trucks can cause major maintenance issues. Unfortunately, truck companies do not always regularly inspect, maintain, or repair their trucks, because it is expensive and requires the trucks to be out of service—all reducing profits. But this negligence results in more accidents with innocent motorists, causing serious injuries and fatalities.
Four Common Maintenance Issues That Cause Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has detailed regulations requiring trucking companies and truckers to systematically inspect, maintain, and repair their trucks and equipment and to ensure that all parts and accessories are in a safe operating condition at all times. Sadly, many trucking companies do not follow the FMCSA regulations. As a result, trucks could be driving on Idaho roads with the following problems that could cause a wreck:
- Braking system. The brakes on big-rig trucks are large and expensive, and it is important that they be maintained and replaced as necessary. A trucker has to concentrate on slowing down and braking early enough to stop even when the brakes work properly. If they are worn or otherwise not working, a trucker will not have sufficient time to brake in normal conditions, and the danger is even worse when he has to stop suddenly.
- Tires. Good tires, along with well-maintained brakes, keep a truck stable and safe, especially in emergency situations. When they are not maintained, the truck could have a tire blowout, have difficulty stopping, and have problems with traction, all resulting in the truck causing serious injuries and death to other motorists.
- Engine service. Regular engine service and inspection of the motor components is critical to ensure that components do not suddenly fail when the truck is on the road. Steering malfunctions, suspension problems, and fuel system leaks are a few of the problems that can lead to serious accidents.
- Trailers. Big-rig truck trailers often use system engineering and safety systems that could help prevent a crash in certain dangerous conditions. If these systems are not maintained, the trailer could disconnect from the truck cab, and the safety system may not work when a trucker really needs it.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a trucker, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma. Truck accident attorney Alan Morton is experienced in helping countless people like you. Fill out an online form to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options and how we can help you.