Proper Big Rig Truck Maintenance
It is no secret that a mind-boggling number of vehicles on U.S. roadways have defects and the potential to malfunction. It is even more frightening to think about the number of large trucks or big rigs out on our roadways, which might have the potential for malfunction because they may have defective components or more commonly, because they might not be properly serviced and maintained.
When a large truck goes out of control due to poor brakes or bad tires, the consequences can be devastating. These improperly or inadequately maintained big rigs are nothing short of ticking time bombs on our roadways. They are catastrophic accidents waiting to happen.
Common Truck Maintenance Issues
The trucking industry is bound by a number of federal rules and regulations enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Both drivers and truck companies have a responsibility to inspect a truck to ensure it is being properly maintained. These inspections are required before the driver gets on the road. Drivers and trucking firms are also required to maintain vehicle logs entering details about servicing that was done or parts that were replaced.
While a large truck has multiple parts and any of them could fail at any given time, the most common issues our Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers see are with the following parts:
We all know that tires are an important component in any vehicle. When tires fail, there is the danger of the driver losing control of the vehicle. It may be difficult even for an experienced truck driver to regain control after tire failure. Truck tires must have the ability handle the heavy loads these vehicles tend to carry. The tires must be properly inflated before every trip. When a heavy load is placed on tires that are not properly inflated enough to handle that kind of weight, a tire blowout is likely to happen. Tire failure is one of the most common reasons for jackknifing.
When a large truck’s brakes fail, the consequences can be devastating. These are the types of big rig accidents that often result in deaths. It is estimated that between 5 percent and 10 percent of all big rig accidents are caused by poorly-maintained brakes.
When it comes to tractor-trailers, the lighting systems are separate for tractors and the trailers. When the connections are not properly maintained, the big rig’s lighting systems may not work the way they should. This might even affect the brake lights, which could lead to crashes.
Truck hitches should also be properly maintained and repaired. When this is not done, there is the risk of the trailers separating and causing major injury crashes. Such “runaway trailer” accidents often result in fatalities.
Other trucking systems that are required to be maintained under the law include frames, wheels and rims, steering mechanisms, fuel systems, exhaust, suspension and windshield wipers.
If You Have Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been injured in a large truck accident as a result of poor vehicle maintenance, our Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys may be able to help you secure maximum compensation for your losses. Evidence preservation is a crucial part of being successful with your truck accident and in cases involving poor maintenance, it is important to preserve truck maintenance logs before they are destroyed or lost. Call us to find out how we can help you.