When a motor vehicle accident occurs involving a large truck and a small car, the potential injuries can often be devastating. The significant size difference between the truck and the car increases the likelihood that injuries will be severe and property damage will be extensive. There are many potential causes of truck accidents. One example is improper truck maintenance.

6 Examples of Improper Maintenance of a Large Truck

The owners and drivers of large trucks have an obligation to properly maintain and inspect their vehicles. How does improper truck maintenance contribute to the likelihood of an accident? The following are six examples:

  1. Failing to properly maintain the truck’s brakes causes them to fail.
  2. The fifth wheel couplings on the truck are defective and an improper inspection fails to identify the issue, resulting in tractor and trailer separation.
  3. Failing to properly maintain the truck’s tires results in the tires shredding.
  4. Improper installation of the truck’s mirrors results in large blind spots.
  5. Failing to properly maintain the truck’s taillights results in the taillights being broken.
  6. An improper inspection of the truck fails to reveal that the truck is missing proper reflective tape.

Each of these maintenance and inspection failures can lead to a large truck accident. If such a crash occurs, the trucking company and the vehicle’s operator may be potentially liable for the injuries and property damage that result. The victims involved in these accidents may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. We have helped many such clients pursue claims against trucking companies and drivers following an accident. We encourage you to contact us today for more information at 1-800-350-8888.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982
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