While driver error, poor road conditions, and drowsy or drunk driving are
common causes of truck accidents, failure to provide adequate maintenance
is also a significant factor in many commercial truck crashes. In fact,
one study found that nearly 55% of commercial trucks had some kind of
mechanical violation in post-crash inspections, and nearly 30% had at
least one condition that would have caused the vehicle to be taken out
Trucking companies have a responsibility to maintain their vehicles. Some
companies hire third-party maintenance crews to perform this service.
In addition, under regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers have a responsibility to
inspect their vehicles before each trip.
Poor maintenance may result in problems with a truck's:
- Steering equipment
- Other equipment
Since commercial trucks can weight up to 80,000 pounds when loaded with
cargo, it is essential to have functional brakes. Trucks take a much longer
time to slow down than passenger vehicles. Worn brakes could result in
a rear-end collision. Other faulty components could put a truck at risk
for tipping over or jackknifing. Replacing or repairing necessary parts,
as well as inspecting the vehicle before each trip, can help avoid an accident.
Who May Be Held Responsible for Failing to Maintain a Commercial Truck?
Maintenance companies, trucking companies, and truck drivers may be held
responsible for failing to provide adequate maintenance. A diligent investigation
will be necessary to determine who is liable for a commercial truck accident.
Call Our Honolulu Truck Accident Attorneys Today at (808) 518-2120
If you or a loved one have been injured in a commercial truck accident,
Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner can provide compassionate representation.
We believe negligent truck drivers, trucking companies, and maintenance
crews must be held accountable for failing to perform proper maintenance.
Our Honolulu truck accident lawyers will gather evidence and walk you
through the legal process as you pursue justice.
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