If you own a motor vehicle, it is important that you perform regular maintenance on your vehicle to maintain safety, performance, and value. Failing to perform regular maintenance on your vehicle puts you and others on the road at an increased risk for a motor vehicle accident. Truck drivers and trucking companies also have the same duty to perform regular truck maintenance on their vehicles. Poor truck maintenance can result in horrific commercial truck accidents that kill and injure innocent victims.
Because of the size and weight of commercial trucks, maintenance is important. Crashes involving large vehicles pose a tremendous threat to the drivers and passengers of other vehicles. Therefore, federal rules, regulations, and laws enforce strict compliance with maintenance and inspection schedules and standards. Rules and regulations can be found on the website for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Even with stiff penalties in place, some drivers and companies choose to ignore inspection and maintenance schedules.
Common Issues That Arise from Poor Truck Maintenance
Commercial trucks require routine inspections and regular maintenance to ensure they are performing safely. When a driver or a trucking company fails to maintain a vehicle, problems can arise that increase the risk of a large truck accident. Examples of problems that can result from poor truck maintenance include:
- Brake failure and braking problems
- Tire blowouts from worn or defective truck tires
- Steering problems
- Cracked or missing mirrors
- Worn or broken windshield wipers
- Cracked windshields
- Burned out or faulty taillights, headlights, or reflectors
- Unintended acceleration
- Failure of coupling devices
- Problems with the parking brakes
Any one of the above issues could be the factor in a California large truck accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident, call a Fresno truck accident attorney who understands how to conduct an accident investigation to determine the cause of the collision. Determining the cause of a truck crash is an essential step in seeking compensation for your injuries.
Common Damages in A Fresno Truck Accident
When you are injured in a commercial truck accident, the emotional stress and physical injuries can be overwhelming. However, you suffer more damages than just the emotional and physical injuries. You suffer tremendous financial losses from medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident, your medical treatment, and your recovery. You should not be forced to bear the financial burden caused by a truck accident. You deserve to be reimbursed for your financial damages AND your physical pain and mental anguish caused by the accident.
To receive compensation, you must file a personal injury claim against the party or parties responsible for the crash. In a large truck accident, you may have one or more parties responsible for the accident. It is important to identify all potential parties to increase your chance of receiving full compensation. An experienced Fresno truck accident attorney has the resources, skills, and experience to handle such a complex and difficult personal injury claim.
Call a Fresno Truck Accident Attorney Now!
Don’t trust your case to an attorney who doesn’t have experience handling truck accident cases. This type of accident claim is different from accident claims involving only passenger vehicles. You need someone with experience to handle your case. Our attorneys are the ones you want fighting for your rights in a truck accident case.
Call Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 or use the contact form on our website to request a free appointment with a Fresno personal injury attorney.