Does Poor Truck Maintenance Cause Accidents?

Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck Accident Lawyer

When people get into accidents, it is easy to think that there are only two people involved in the accident: the drivers of each vehicle. However, vehicle accidents, especially with trucks, can be significantly more complicated than the truck driver being responsible for the accident. When a truck is involved in accidents, the risk factor escalates. The driver and passengers in the other vehicle are at high risk of being seriously injured, or worse. 

Because trucks can be dangerous on the road, maintaining them regularly and ensuring their parts work is of the utmost importance. If you have been involved in a truck accident and believe that it may have been caused by a poorly maintained truck, you may have what you need to successfully file a truck accident injury claim. 

How does a poorly maintained truck cause accidents? 

Trucks, like other vehicles, need to be maintained regularly. Most people get their brakes checked, get new tires when they start balding, and change their oil when necessary. Imagine if the trucking company decided they wanted to save the money and skip a check. Or, imagine if the maintenance company did not do a good job of checking every part of the truck before saying it was fine to go on the road. If a truck is driving on bad wheels, it is at extremely high risk for swerving off the road in bad weather. If the brakes are not working properly, a truck may not be able to stop in time when someone comes into their lane or when traffic backs up. Any of these situations could easily cause an accident, even if the truck driver is paying attention to the road. 

Who is responsible? 

As a lawyer, like a truck accident lawyer from a law firm like Pioletti Pioletti & Nichols knows, while it may be easy to point a finger at the truck driver, it is possible that they are just as much of a victim as well. Although a lawyer will do their due diligence to determine if the truck driver is partially responsible, the trucking company and the maintenance person/company may be the ones who are responsible for your accident. When you work with a lawyer, they can help narrow down who is responsible for the accident (including if multiple people might be responsible) and help you get the compensation you deserve. See how a local lawyer can help you with your truck accident claim today.