Truck accidents are most commonly caused by some form of mechanical error
found in the truck. There are a number of basic regulations truck drivers
are expected and required to follow, which are outlined to ensure the
safety of other drivers, but oftentimes truck drivers fail to perform
these routine checks.
Failure to Maintain Tires
Just as it would on a normal passenger vehicle, failing to maintain tire
quality and pressure can cause a tire blowout. On a large commercial truck,
however, a tire blowout could be catastrophic. Federal laws pertaining
to truck safety on the highway mandates that those who drive semi-trucks
install a tire pressure monitor system that accurately detects and determines
air pressure in the trucks’ tires.
Failure to Maintain Brakes
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an organization that aims
to reduce the number and severity of trucking accidents, found that nearly
20% of semi-trucks that had gone through inspection were found to have
some type of brake defect. As perhaps the most crucial component of truck
safety, compromising the quality of a truck’s brakes means risking
the safety of other drivers on the road.
Failure to Maintain Trailers
By law, truck drivers are obligated to make sure that the truck’s
tractor trailer is not only safely secured, but at no risk of detaching
at any point during his or her commute. Improperly aligning a trailer
to the back of a truck will add extra pressure and strain on the trucks
tires, which will wear them down quicker and make it difficult for the
truck driver to maintain steering control.
Oneonta truck accident attorneys at Scarzafava & Basdekis have decades of combined legal experience
and are ready to fight on your behalf to pursue the compensation you deserve.
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