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Truck Accidents Caused By Lack of Inspection or Maintenance

Truck Maintenance Keeps the Roadway Safe

If you are involved in a truck accident due to the failure of a trucker or trucking company to inspect and maintain their trucks, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the law firm of Isaacs & Isaacs at 800-800-8888 24/7 to set up a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys have recovered over $700 million for clients in personal injury settlements in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

It is important to call as soon as possible since:

  • Evidence can be lost
  • Witnesses can forget
  • The state mandated deadline to file can be reached, disqualifying your case from being heard
  • Pre-Trip Truck Inspection and Maintenance Logs Must Be Available

Large trucks are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to keep maintenance logs for service, repairs and inspections for a period of one year. Post-trip reports of inspections contain a detailed list of areas to check such as fluid levels, lights, tires and brakes.

The post-trip report also includes items to check on the unit being towed. Even if the vehicle is sold, the records must be maintained for an additional six months. All vehicles also undergo an annual inspection that is more detailed and includes checking coupling devices and safe loading that includes protection from shifting cargo.

Semi-Truck Maintenance CSA Points

The FMCSA uses a points system to grade safety standards among drivers of large trucks and carriers. This helps the FMCSA identify carriers and drivers who are disregarding truck safety and can result in intervening to force the driver or carrier to make repairs, which can include inspection of the vehicle, a violation notice and penalty for noncompliance. Drivers are scored on fitness, unsafe driving, his or her hours of service, maintenance, hazardous materials and use of controlled substances.

What Federal Commercial Truck Maintenance Inspections Look For

Violations in the maintenance and safety of a large truck can cause a serious accident and FMCSA has a list of 200 possible violations. Roadside inspectors, trained in what to look for, conduct detailed inspections of both the truck and the driver.

It may include the brake and fuel systems, worn tires, headlamps, turn signals and tail lamps, issues with maintenance or repairs that have not been noted in the driver’s inspection report and fluid leaks. The inspection may also include focus on the driver of the truck such as how many hours the driver has been on the road, license and medical certificate.

Leading Trucking Maintenance Violations

While some violations may be less serious, others can cause an accident. Tires worn below a certain tread depth can cause poor traction, a blowout or tread separation. A head or tail light that is out, missing or defective lighting, such as the rotating beams that are used to warn others of oversized loads, and turn signals that do not operate are all hazards.

Brake violations that include leaking or worn brakes may prevent a driver from stopping or slowing when it is necessary. Other serious violations can include not noting when maintenance or repair is needed or not performing the repair or maintenance following notation.

How Violations for Truck Inspections and Insufficient Maintenance Are Vital to a Negligence Case

Inspection violations and neglected maintenance are common and contribute to a large number of accidents on the road. Because these actions show negligence on the part of the driver or company, a lawsuit can be filed to recover damages to cover medical bills, loss of income and other expenses associated with the accident.

Consulting with an attorney experienced in accident liability due to failure to maintain and pass inspection is important to receive the maximum compensation. The law firm of Isaacs & Isaacs can review your case and devise a strategy for pursuing a claim against the trucker and/or trucking company.