The Danger of Improper Maintenance in the Trucking Industry

Truck accidents often have devastating consequences. While driver negligence is a common cause of these accidents, improper maintenance contributes to many semi crashes.

In any case involving a truck crash, it’s important to take a close look at all the potential causes. Knowing what to look for can help an injured victim get full compensation. It can also help make Texas roads and highways safer by holding all negligent parties accountable for their actions.

What Is Improper Maintenance?

Improper maintenance refers to a failure to perform the regular maintenance necessary to keep trucks working correctly. State and federal law require that parts and accessories on commercial motor vehicles must be kept in safe and proper operating condition at all times.

Drivers and truck owners have to inspect their vehicles and provide reports on a regular basis. If they fail to inspect critical components of the truck, they can be held liable for any accident that can be traced back to that lack of proper maintenance.

Why Is Improper Maintenance Dangerous?

Improper maintenance can make it difficult for truck drivers to control their vehicles, increasing the risk of accidents on the road. In addition, neglecting regular maintenance can lead to equipment failure, which can cause trucks to suddenly stop or swerve, putting other drivers at risk.

Examples of Improper Maintenance in Truck Accidents

Examples of improper maintenance that can contribute to truck accidents include:

Brake Failure

Neglecting to inspect and repair brakes can result in brake failure, making it difficult for truck drivers to control their vehicles and increasing the risk of accidents.

Tire Failure

Failing to properly maintain tires, including regular rotation and maintaining proper inflation pressure, can result in tire failure. This can lead to accidents on the road.

Lighting Failure

Failing to replace or repair burned-out or damaged lights can result in lighting failure, making it difficult for truck drivers to see and be seen on the road.

Consequences of Improper Maintenance in Truck Accidents

The consequences of truck accidents caused by improper maintenance can be severe, including:

Physical Injuries

Truck accidents often result in serious injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and injuries leading to wrongful death.

Property Damage

While it’s far less impactful than injuries suffered by people, truck accidents can cause significant damage to vehicles and other property. Compensation for repair or replacement of property is part of a proper settlement or verdict.

Contact an Attorney to Discuss Your Truck Accident Case

Truck accidents can lead to complicated legal questions. After a crash, we can help you get answers to all your questions. To get started, contact the Dallas law offices of Ted B. Lyon & Associates. Schedule a free and confidential consultation by calling 877-Ted-Lyon / 877-833-5966 or send us a message today.