Recovering from Truck Accidents Caused by Faulty Equipment

Truck accidents caused by faulty equipment typically result in catastrophic and life-changing injuries. At Dunlap Ravis & Miller in Jacksonville, FL, we have been helping victims of accidents recover what they deserve for over 15 years. We offer a free initial consultation, which means you do not have to pay out of pocket just to talk to us about your case. We offer aggressive pursuit of a full and fair compensation, and are here to help you today.

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What Qualifies as Proper Truck Maintenance?

A trucking accident can be devastating, and even more so when the accident could have been avoided. One of the best ways to prevent any accident is through proper maintenance. For the trucking industry, proper maintenance means:

  • Following the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance. This could be the manufacturer of the tires, engine parts, brakes, or other pieces of equipment on a large truck. Most manufacturers suggest routine maintenance at certain times or miles. Following this suggestion is a good place to start when undertaking proper maintenance of a truck.
  • Keeping records of the work done, which allows the driver or trucking company to track when maintenance has been completed and when maintenance is needed next.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires trucking companies to keep these records. If you have been in an accident with a commercial truck it is wise to make a demand to see these records. If the records reveal maintenance was not done according to schedule, or was done improperly, you can use this evidence when making a claim for damages. The injuries caused by the lack of proper maintenance are recoverable, in the form of reimbursement for the costs and expenses associated with the injuries. There are other state and federal regulations governing the trucking industry, and your attorney will undertake a thorough investigation into all of the records available to determine if a violation caused or contributed to the accident.

If you or a loved one have been in an accident with a large truck, let us help you decide your next step.

Common Types of Equipment Failure

Equipment failure on a truck can take many forms, but these are the most common:

  • Faulty or defective brakes: It is critical for any vehicle to have working brakes so a safe stop can be made when needed. When a large truck experiences braking failure, the time it takes to come to a safe stop is increased due to the size and weight of the truck. This is one of the reasons both the driver and the trucking company should regularly check the brakes and braking system on the truck, to ensure there are no defects and that the brakes are in good working order.
  • Tire shred or blowouts: The number of miles a truck travels takes a toll on the tires. Consequently, regular checks of the tires is imperative to making sure the tires have enough tread and are not in danger of shredding or blowing out while in use.
  • Failure of the truck’s transmission or other systems: This can include steering, hydraulics, wipers, electrical, or other systems.

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If you or a loved one have been in an accident with a large truck, let us help you decide your next step. These cases are complex and require a working knowledge of trucking rules and regulations, as well as an understanding of how to establish liability and demand the right amount of compensation. You can reach us online, or by phone at (904) 358-2020. 

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