Improper Truck Repair & Maintenance
Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers require frequent maintenance in order
to keep them safe to operate. Improperly maintained trucks can increase
the chance of an accident and could put other drivers on the road in great danger.
Truck inspections should be conducted by the driver on a regular basis
to identify and correct dangerous faults.
It is the responsibility of truck companies, their drivers, and their maintenance
contractors to make sure that all repairs and maintenance are done properly
and in a timely manner. Unfortunately, there are some trucking companies
that ignore regular maintenance at the expense of the safety of others.
This purposeful oversight may temporarily conserve time and money, but
if they are involved in an accident, the consequences could be severe
for both the driver and their employer. Failure to abide by their duty
of care can be considered negligence, and they can be held responsible
for any injuries or fatalities that result from an accident.
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Brake failure is one of the most common maintenance-related causes of truck
accidents, and can occur for a number of reasons. These reasons can include:
- Improper installation
- Old, worn brakes that need replacement
- Front brakes on truck are disabled (some drivers engage in this dangerous
practice to reduce wear and tear and maintenance costs on the truck)
- Brake failure due to overweight trailers
A truck’s brakes can dramatically heat up due to overuse, contributing
to the risk of brake failure. Improper loading, use of the brakes on a
long downgrade, or during sudden stops (especially at high speeds), can
also cause brakes to overheat and cease to function. Typically, the heavier
the truck, the more heat will be generated.
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trucking accident, do not hesitate to contact an experienced truck accident lawyers from
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that your accident was caused by an improperly maintained vehicle, and
can hold the appropriate at-fault parties responsible for their negligence.
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