The Importance of Proper Truck Maintenance

Truck companies and drivers have a duty to act in accordance with federal safety regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  These regulations are in place to protect the safety of all of the other motorists on the roads and highways, as well as the truck driver himself.  Among many other things, the FMCSA requires that companies regularly inspect and maintain all trucks in their fleets to try to avoid dangerous malfunctions.  Additionally, truck drivers are expected to perform their own basic inspections before each leg of every trip.  If the vehicle does not fully pass these inspections, the necessary maintenance must be performed on the truck before it may be operated on America’s roads and highways.  If trucks are sent back onto the roads when they do not meet the safety guidelines, dangerous accident may occur and seriously injure other motorists.  If you have been injured because of a poorly maintained truck, you should contact a Coweta County truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss a possible case.

Many different truck parts may malfunction and cause accidents.  These truck parts include:

  • Brakes
  • Tire pressure
  • Tire tread
  • Trailer hinges
  • Automatic steering
  • All headlight and taillights
  • Windshield wipers and defoggers
  • Blinkers and signals

These are only a few examples of parts that may cause serious accidents if they became defective.  It is always much easier to discover a worn tire in an inspection and to change that tire, than it is to have the tire shred on the highway, causing the driver to lose control and potentially collide with one or several motor vehicles.  However, many drivers and truck companies skip basic inspections, possibly in order to save time or out of sheer carelessness.

No matter the reason, there is no excuse for truck companies or drivers to not perform FMCSA required inspections and maintenance.  If you have been involved in a truck accident, an experienced truck accident attorney at Shane Smith Law can help you receive proper compensation for your injuries and losses.  Call our office today at (980) 246-2656.

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