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

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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