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Truck Maintenance – Tires, Brakes, & Lights

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Improper Maintenance of Tires, Brakes, & Lights

It is the responsibility of the truck driver to inspect the mechanical, emergency and safety equipment of his or her truck before getting on the road or interstate. It is imperative that they inspect the condition of the truck before and during every trip, because of the severity of the damage an 18-wheeler accident can create. Truckers should check the tires, brakes and lights in particular, as well as a number of other features. Unfortunately, because drivers are paid for every mile they travel, some do not want to take the time to inspect their trucks at each stop, hoping for the best. This is not just wishful thinking. This is negligence that puts all other vehicles on the road with them in harm’s way.

A commercial truck puts on hundreds of miles in a short time; parts can wear out quickly. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration imposes truck maintenance guidelines that must be followed. It is the responsibility of the driver to inspect his or her truck before the first trip of the day and at regular stops during the day. Major damage and injuries will be sustained if a truck blows a tire on the highway. If you were involved in a truck incident and you suspect it was because of a tire blowout, contact The Trucking Accident Attorneys of the Garcia Law Firm for a consultation.

What can happen?
If a driver does not inspect his truck regularly, tires can shred or blowout, brakes can be soft or just fail and lights can burn out – all these can cause an accident. A pre-trip inspection and completion of maintenance log should take place before every trip. Bad tires and poor brakes can be detected at this time.

Causes of accidents
An inspection does not take a long time compared to the tragedy that could take place if one is not done. Accidents are caused by insufficient tire tread, blowouts, tires that are under inflated, brake lining failure, no brake fluid and lights that are burned out.

It is the responsibility of the truck driver and the trucking company to maintain their trucks. Skipping an inspection at the beginning of the day could mean a serious accident later on that day. If you were injured by a truck that you suspect had not been properly maintained, contact The Garcia Law Firm toll free at (800) 281-8515 and schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced trucking accident attorneys.

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