Commercial truck accidents happen for a wide variety of reasons, many of which involve the truck driver. Drivers sometimes make irresponsible decisions to participate in behaviors such as distracted driving, fatigued driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, or failing to obey traffic laws. Accidents can easily result from any of these negligent behaviors. However, another common negligent behavior on the part of truck drivers is failing to properly inspect the truck when they are supposed to. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict guidelines on when truck drivers must perform basic inspections and of what the inspections should consist. Drivers, however, often skip these important inspections because they want to save time and reach their destination faster to make more money. Skipping inspections may be very costly, however, as it may cause serious accidents and injuries. If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney as soon as possible for help.
Before every trip, a driver must:
- Look under the truck for any possible leaks or spills of oil, gas, brake fluid, etc.
- Check water and fluid levels.
- Make sure all headlights, taillights, and signals are working.
- Listen for any unusual engine noises.
- Check brakes and brake lights.
- Check the tire pressure and tire treads.
- Make sure windshield wipers and all emergency features work, such as flashers and horn.
- Check the engine fan and compressor belt.
- Make sure all gauges are reading accurately.
- Check every part of the trailer and trailer coupling for possible defects.
These inspections can be time-consuming. However, failing to thoroughly complete each step is negligent and against the law. If a driver fails to inspect the truck and you suffer injury as a result, a truck accident lawyer can help you hold that driver accountable. Call (770) 487-8999 for the Law Offices of Shane Smith today.