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Atlanta Trucking Accidents Caused by Failure to Maintain Aging Trucks

There could be many reasons why large commercial trucks get into traffic accidents. While some of the reasons have to do with driver error, such as distraction and drowsiness, other accident reasons occur due to the truck itself. Equipment on trucks has been known to fail and cause serious Atlanta trucking accidents.

There are two main reasons why trucking equipment fails and causes wrecks, which include:

  • A defect in the design of the truck or manufacturing 
  • Failure to replace aging trucks

Although some truck accidents in Georgia and throughout this nation occur due to defects in manufacturing and design, most equipment-failure-related truck crashes are caused because the equipment was not maintained properly. 

When trucks are over 10 years old, they are more likely to break down, as many of the parts need replacing due to their old age. Although budget woes continue across this nation, trucking companies still have a responsibility to maintain or replace their trucks.

Here are some examples of failing to maintain aging trucks and what can occur as a result:

  • Old tires can blowout and cause a truck accident.
  • Steering failure causes the truck to lose control and crash.
  • Transmission can stop working due to age or lack of service.
  • Burned out lights can lead to a crash due to lack of visibility.
  • The brakes fail because maintenance has been ignored or they were improperly adjusted.
  • The parking brake can be overlooked and fail when needed the most – in an emergency. 

When any of these problems occur, it can cause a truck to crash and possibly involve other cars that were sharing the road with the truck. Sadly, injured motorists can suffer serious or even fatal injuries because of mechanical problems or unattended maintenance. 

If you have been injured by a tractor trailer, the trucking company or truck driver may be responsible for failing to maintain the truck. Their actions, or lack thereof, can cause them to be found negligent. This is why it is important to have a law firm on your side with experience standing up to commercial trucking companies. 

If you have been injured, or if you lost a loved one, in a Georgia truck crash, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 and speak with a skilled Atlanta trucking accident attorney in a free consultation today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia