Due to their size and weight, large trucks can cause catastrophic accidents—many of them fatal. One of the common causes of these accidents is bad truck maintenance. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the maintenance standards which must be adhered to for safety.
What are Some Common Truck Maintenance Issues?
If a truck is poorly maintained, our truck accident attorneys at Hobbs Law Group have seen that even the safest truck driver may be unable to avoid a collision. Here are some of the more common truck maintenance issues that lead to serious crashes:
- Tire failure: Some tires are not correctly inflated, and some are overly worn or damaged and more prone to blowouts. Tire blowouts often lead the truck driver to lose complete control of the vehicle. Treadwear and sidewall or tread damage are all issues that can be easily fixed, but if it is ignored, the consequences can be tragic. Tires need to be properly rotated or replaced when necessary.
- Steering and brakes: Steering and brakes are essential for any motor vehicle, but if either of these systems fails on a large truck, the results can be catastrophic. Trucks must be thoroughly and regularly inspected to ensure that both of these systems are intact, as they sustain much more wear and tear.
- Truck fluids: Like a regular passenger vehicle, trucks also require routine checks that monitor brake fluid, steering fluid, radiator fluid, and motor oil to ensure safe and smooth operation. Failure to do this can increase the amount of danger a truck poses to others on the road.
- Broken or damaged lights: Large trucks often travel at night, and any broken or damaged taillight, headlight, or turn signal can make the truck more difficult for other drivers to see, which puts everyone at an increased risk of an accident.
- Coupling devices: These devices connect the trailer to the cab and enable the truck to operate and maneuver safely. If the coupling device is not maintained correctly, it can lead to a jackknife accident. This is when the truck’s trailer essentially folds back in upon itself. Once again, the results of a jackknife accident are catastrophic.
What are the Damages I Can Seek in a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
While the legal system cannot undo your truck accident, it can help provide financial recourse to help you and your family adjust to post-accident life. Here are some types of damages that experienced truck accident lawyers may help you recover:
- Past and future medical costs, such as hospital stays, procedures and surgeries, doctors’ appointments, prescription medications, physical or occupational therapy, assistive devices, and in-home care
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death if your loved one tragically died in a truck accident
Your Lawyer Matters
Our semi-truck accident lawyers at Hobbs Law Group firmly believe that it is essential that you hire an experienced attorney to represent you as soon as possible following a truck accident. We can immediately begin investigating and building your case and maximize your financial compensation.
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Hobbs Law Group was launched in 2011 and we have already netted more than $10 million in settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of our valued clients. We are focused on superior client services and achieving justice for our clients who are often experiencing the most challenging period of their lives.
If you have questions about the consequences of bad truck maintenance, contact us today to book a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront legal costs.