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Defective Equipment Found in Majority of Trucks Involved in Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 100,000 individuals were injured in accidents involving large trucks in 2012. The injuries caused by semi-truck accidents can be extremely severe, and in some cases can leave victims with disabilities that can require ongoing medical care. In an attempt to ensure the safety of the public, many aspect of the trucking industry are regulated by both state and federal law. Truckers and trucking companies that violate these regulations may be subject to serious sanctions, as well as liable for any injury or damage to property they may cause. If you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck, contacting one of the Peachtree City truck accident lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith is the first step in making sure that you are fairly compensated for your losses.

More than three-quarters of trucks involved in accidents had citable equipment violations

The results of a study of large truck crashes conducted in Washington State indicated that 77% of large trucks that were involved in crashes had equipment defects that could have resulted in a citation.  Modern tractor-trailers are extremely complicated vehicles with thousands of parts that could potentially fail potentially resulting in an accident. Some of the most common include:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Coupling devices
  • Vehicle lights
  • Cargo securing equipment
  • Windshield wipers
  • Horns
  • Emergency brakes
  • Electrical systems

When semi-trucks are involved in accidents, victims can sustain extremely injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and disfigurement, among others. The settlement or award you receive after a truck accident will help compensate your injuries and any other losses you may have sustained.

Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation

Individuals who have been injured in tractor trailer accident can potentially recover significant compensation for their losses. The exact amount that your case is worth will depend on the specific circumstances of your accident, and a Peachtree City truck accident lawyer will be able to advise you as to what kind of compensation you may be able to obtain. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping truck accident victims move on with their lives. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia