There may be no evidence that the trucker was negligent behind the wheel; yet, it could be the trucker, the trucking company, or a maintenance worker is responsible for the truck accident that left you injured. While you are at the scene of the accident, you may not know that it was a faulty truck part that caused your injuries. However, a full investigation may reveal that there was a truck maintenance problem that caused the truck to crash and your injuries to occur.
How Negligent Maintenance Can Cause Truck Crashes
A truck that is not sent in for regular maintenance or a truck that is negligently maintained may have:
- Defective brakes. A truck needs properly functioning brakes in order to stop safely. Without working brakes, truckers may be unable to avoid collisions.
- Faulty tires. Tires must be in good condition, with relatively even wear, and with the right air pressure in order to safely carry the heavy weight of the truck. Tires that do not meet these criteria may have blow-outs or may cause a trucker to lose control of the vehicle. Serious accidents may result.
- Mechanical problems. Problems with the truck’s engine, power steering, gas line, or other components can result in dangerous crashes.
Sometimes more than one problem can occur.
Who Is Liable for a Truck Crash Caused by Negligent Maintenance?
An investigation will need to be done to determine why the truck was not properly maintained. It could be that one of the following parties is liable:
- The trucking company that had a duty to maintain the truck.
- The trucker who had a duty to inspect the truck prior to each trip.
- The maintenance workers who failed to do their job with due care.
Our experienced truck accident lawyers want to know exactly why you were hurt so that we can take the appropriate actions to get you the full and fair recovery that you deserve. If you were in a truck wreck then you deserve to know the specific cause of your truck accident and to recover for your past, current, and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, and pain and suffering. Contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.