Tractor trailers and other trucks on the roads must be properly maintained. Maintenance is what ensures both the safety of truck drivers, and others who share the roads with large trucks. Tractor trailers can weigh 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded, so it is essential to make sure they are secure and properly maintained.
The federal government has passed extensive laws and regulations addressing the need for proper maintenance of commercial trucks. If a trucking company fails to maintain equipment and causes accidents as a result, the injured parties can file a lawsuit against the trucking company, the maintenance company, and any other responsible parties.
Under federal regulations, every vehicle in the trucking business must have complete maintenance records. A common cause of trucking accidents is inadequate maintenance, and that is why extensive regulations have been enacted. After every day’s work, a truck driver must fill out a detailed inspection report covering items like brakes, the steering wheel, emergency equipment, tires, etc. Every piece of equipment must be maintained in proper condition.
Unfortunately, many pieces of equipment that are in disrepair go unnoticed because the proper inspection reports were not prepared. If you have been involved in a truck accident and you were injured, you should speak with an attorney. The attorney can help determine if the trucking company and/or truck driver were negligent. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.