Trucks with defective equipment can be a major danger to other cars on the road, causing 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.
FMCSA Regulations to Prevent Defective Equipment
The FMCSA has strict regulations for truck drivers and truck companies on 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
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
All trucking companies are required to keep detailed inspection and maintenance logs. When proper maintenance is not kept, the equipment can be faulty or be weakened, setting the truck up for accidents or failure on the road.
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.
Contact the Trucking Accident Attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident due to defective equipment or poor maintenance, contact our Atlanta law office at (404) 919-7297 or book a complimentary consultation online. Our personal injury attorneys have experience working with these type of trucking injuries and accidents and will work closely with you to help settle your case.