What are the common defects of poorly maintained trucks?
Common defects that can lead to truck accidents:
- Truck brake failure: When the brakes on a commercial vehicle give out, the truck may not be able to stop when needed. This can result in a rear-end collision, T-bone accident or head-on collision. A parked truck can also roll away and create a hazard for other motorists.
- Tire blowouts: Poorly maintained tires can result in a blowout. These accidents are especially devastating on highways and highly traveled routes, where trucks often travel at high speeds. Truck tire blowouts often cause lane departure accidents, truck rollovers and jackknife accidents.
- Burned out headlights, taillights or brake lights: Without proper lighting, large trucks can be difficult to see at night or during conditions of poor visibility. Furthermore, lights on the rear of the trailer are needed to alert other drivers when the truck is braking or backing up. If these lights aren’t functioning properly, other motorists can be put in danger.
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo: Trucks carrying large quantities of commercial products must be loaded and secured properly. When cargo spills out onto the road, it can create a debris hazard for other drivers.
- Loose wheels: It is crucial that trucking companies ensure the wheels on their commercial vehicles are secure and up-to-date. Worn out tie rods and axles can cause a wheel to loosen and fall off while moving. Accidents caused by loose wheels can be very dangerous for the truck driver and other motorists.
Why you should consult with us
Trucking companies can be very savvy when it comes to covering their tracks, even when they know that their negligence caused an accident. They may launch a biased investigation, using their own team of investigators and adjustors in order to deny any wrongdoing on their part. They may even try to pin the blame on you and downplay the extent of your injuries.
If you think their insurance providers are willing to compensate your losses, think again. Trucking companies who fail to maintain their vehicles pose a liability to their insurance carriers, who will stop at nothing to reduce their costs. They may offer you a small settlement. But it’s unlikely that a settlement will cover the cost of your medical expenses, loss of wages and suffering.
The attorneys at Pajcic & Pajcic can help you on the road to recovery. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a trucking company’s negligence, we’ll get to the bottom of it. Contact us today for a free case evaluation, or simply call our Jacksonville office at 904-358-8881.