Motorists in Southern California don’t have to travel far before they find themselves sharing the road with large tractor trailers. The Golden State, Harbor, and Santa Ana freeways are just a few of the roads in Los Angeles that are often packed with big rigs. Drivers typically know just how dangerous accidents with these tractor trailers can be, and many assume that the truckers do all they can to ensure their rigs are safe. Unfortunately, however, this isn’t always the case.
Common Truck Violations That Put You At Risk
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program recently revealed the top trucking violations that occur among truckers. The following violations put those who share the road with big rigs at serious risk:
- Braking violations. According to the report, one-fourth of all violations—over 1 million in 2013— are related to brake issues. This means the truck behind you may not be able to stop in time before it meets your bumper. Truckers are supposed to inspect their brakes before every trip; however, that doesn’t always happen. If a trucker does find an issue, he is not permitted to make the adjustments himself unless he is fully trained and qualified. Unfortunately, many truckers do it anyway and endanger those around them.
- Tire violations. A vehicle is only as good as its tires and frighteningly, many truckers travel on tires that are unsafe. Insufficient tread depth is the most common problem, and can cause poor traction and skidding, which can ultimately lead to deadly accidents.
- Lighting violations. Although lack of lighting on a truck may not sound like a big deal, it actually is. You may not be able to see a truck coming towards or turning in front of you at night. The result? A collision that can cause serious injuries and take lives.
The Steinberg Injury Lawyers Can Help
As a truck accident victim, you may experience injuries that can affect you for the rest of your life. The Steinberg Injury Lawyers believe you should receive compensation for the hardships you’ve already endured and will likely continue to do in the future. Contact us today by calling 800-989-6385 and schedule your free consultation to speak with attorney about your case.