Drivers should perform pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections daily. These inspections include inspecting under-the-hood looking for leaks, frayed hoses, frayed wiring, and any parts that are bent, broken or cracked. Safety critical equipment, such as tires and brakes are to be inspected daily. Lights, reflective tape, and signals in working condition are essential for a safe commercial vehicle.
There are strict rules and regulations that commercial vehicles like semi-trucks and buses must follow. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlines the safe, correct way for commercial tractor-trailers to be loaded, maintained and operated.
When these laws are broken, innocent drivers and passengers are put at risk. Most truck drivers are well-trained professionals who follow the safety rules regarding record-keeping, hours of service, and cell phone use. However, when a semi-truck is involved in an accident, often the driver is in violation of these regulations. Nearly 33% of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal accidents had at least one prior speeding conviction, compared to less than 20% of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes.
Some of the truck parts that need to be regularly inspected and maintained include:
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Common forms of negligence leading to truck accidents include:
People may suffer any of the following injuries:
It is important for people who have suffered severe injuries in accidents that are caused by large trucks to get experienced and skilled help from a personal injury attorney. A lawyer may be able to recover far more damages for his or her client than the injured client may be able to recover on his or her own.
Truck drivers are required to conduct an inspection of their vehicle every time they go out. Inspections must be conducted on a regular basis. If the driver fails to conduct that inspection or fails to get required maintenance, they should be held accountable for any harm or damage caused.
All trucking companies owe a duty to motorists not to put an enormous unsafe vehicle on the road and to follow the regulations related to maintenance set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A failure to follow an FMCSA safety regulation related to maintenance may give rise to a claim of negligence per se (negligence as a matter of law). You may be able to hold the trucking company directly liable for negligence or negligence per se, which is important because in some cases truck drivers do not have sufficient insurance coverage to compensate you for the full range of damages you have suffered. In the end, trucking companies are responsible for their employees. They must be held accountable as well for the actions of their negligent drivers.
Failure to maintain these large trucks can result in catastrophic injury to innocent victims on the highways. Injury Lawyer Flora Templeton Stuart and her team are ready to fight the big truck insurance companies for you!
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