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Defective Truck Equipment

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Trucks with defective equipment can be a serious danger to other cars on the road, leading to accidents that result in extensive injuries or fatalities. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), almost 30 percent of all trucking accidents are caused by defective equipment or vehicle failure.

Some of these accidents are caused by unknown malfunctions, but many of these accidents can be prevented with proper maintenance and equipment checks. At Jenkins Utley, P.C., our Atlanta trucking accident attorneys can help you determine liability for your injuries. If a trucking company or manufacturer acted negligently, we can help you fight for the just compensation you are owed.

Injured in a trucking accident? Contact our firm at (404) 334-3013 to discuss your case with an experienced legal team today.

FMCSA Regulations to Prevent Defective Equipment

The FMCSA has strict regulations for truck drivers and truck companies regarding the proper maintenance and repairs of large trucks, from necessary parts for safe operation to how trucks should be inspected and maintained. Drivers and truck driver employers are required to maintain detailed records of inspections and maintenance on trucks to ensure they keep up with all safety regulations.

Motor carriers and their employees, including drivers and mechanics, are all responsible for knowing these regulations and ensuring all vehicles hold to these standards. Aside from faulty manufacturer equipment, motor carriers are typically held accountable for vehicle failure.

Common Types of Defective Equipment

Like any motor vehicle, large commercial trucks require many components. Any one of these parts can be defective, affecting the entire operation of the truck.

The most common types of defective equipment issues include:

  • Brake failure
  • Steering failure
  • Tire blowouts or flats
  • Suspension failure
  • Trailer attachment issues
  • Transmission failure
  • Lighting or turn signal malfunctions
  • Improper maintenance

Weakened equipment can cause a heavily loaded truck to fail more easily. For example, bald tires or tires low on air can quickly become a flat or a blow-out on the highway. Or, an improperly attached trailer with a heavy cargo load can become a detached or overturned trailer on a high-speed highway.

All trucking companies are required to keep detailed inspection and maintenance logs. When proper maintenance is not conducted, the equipment can be faulty or be weakened, setting the truck up for accidents or failure on the road.

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If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident due to defective equipment or poor maintenance, contact our office for a complimentary consultation. Our Atlanta trucking accident attorneys have experience working with these types of accidents and will work closely with you in an effort to settle your case. If needed, we are prepared to take your case to trial.

Call us at (404) 334-3013 or schedule your free initial consultation with our online contact form.

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