Truck Safety Parts and Accessories

Every small motor vehicle manufactured in recent years comes equipped with standard safety features such as front and side airbags, anti-lock brake systems, and more.  Some newer models even come with fancier safety features that may alert you or cause the vehicle to brake if you are about to be involved in a collision.  Large commercial trucks have their own set of safety features and accessories.  These safety tools do not only serve to protect the driver, but also to alert and protect all other motorists on the road in order to avoid collisions and injuries.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets out required parts and accessories for commercial vehicles in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).  If a truck driver or truck company fails to have all the required parts or accessories, they may be found negligent in the incident of an accident.  If you have been in a truck accident, it is important to call a Truck Accident Attorney in Gwinnett County to help you receive the compensation you deserve from the responsible party.

The following are only some of the parts and accessories require to be present and in working order on trucks by the FMCSRs:

  • Breakaway and emergency brake systems
  • Parking brakes
  • Head lamps, fog lamps, rear lamps
  • Reflectors
  • Hazard warning signals
  • Certain standard of fuel tank
  • Flares and flags for stopped vehicles
  • Certain quality of tires
  • Defrosting and defogging systems
  • Horn
  • Certain size of rear view mirrors
  • Certain types of cargo tie-downs
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Spare fuses

Not only must a truck driver have all of this equipment, but must know how to use it and must properly utilize it when necessary.  For instance, if a truck is stopped, the driver must properly set out warning flares in a correct manner to remain visible to passing traffic.

If a truck driver fails to use his emergency equipment in the correct manner and causes an accident, you should consult with an experienced truck accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law.  Call (980) 246-2656 to schedule a free consultation as soon as possible.

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