Semi-trucks, tractor trailers, and other trucks on the road must be properly maintained. Proper maintenance is what helps ensure the safety of both the truck drivers and others who share the roads with trucks. Semi-trucks can weigh many tens of thousands of pounds when they are fully loaded, and if they are not properly maintained and secured tragedy can result.
The federal government regulates the trucking industry, and there are extensive laws and regulations which address the need for maintenance for semi-trucks. If a trucking company fails to properly maintain its equipment, and that causes an accident, the injured parties can sue the trucking company, the maintenance company, and others.
According to federal law, every vehicle that is used in a trucking business must have complete maintenance records. Inadequate maintenance is a common cause of trucking accidents, which is why extensive regulations exist. Truck drivers must fill out detailed inspection reports daily which cover items like brakes, tires, emergency equipment, and more. Each piece of equipment must be properly maintained.
In many cases, equipment that is in disrepair goes unnoticed because the correct inspection reports were not prepared. If you have been in an accident and you suffered injuries, you should speak with an attorney. An attorney can help you determine the correct party to hold responsible for your injuries. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney at 310-385-0567. My team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.