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Failure to Maintain: Cause of Serious Accidents

Federal Maintenance & Equipment Regulations

Commercial semi-trucks are often used to shuttle cargo throughout the country. Due to the sheer size and weight of these commercial vehicles, it will be crucial to prevent vehicle failure by keeping the vehicle in the best possible running condition. By keeping a commercial vehicle in proper working order at all times, accidents and other costly breakdowns can be greatly reduced – or completely eliminated.

To achieve optimal vehicle operation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforces strict regulations regarding the inspection, maintenance, and repair of commercial vehicles. Truck drivers and trucking companies are to adhere to these strict regulations at all times.

Some of these regulations relate to:

  • Lubrication and performance of tires and axles
  • Function of truck cab and trailer
  • Driver vehicle inspection reports
  • Brake inspection
  • 30 days' worth of consecutive inspection and repair reports
  • Immediate report and repair of defects or deficiencies found on a vehicle

If the vehicle is found to be in unsafe driving condition, the driver will need to take immediate action to make the vehicle safe to operate once again. Trucking companies and trucking drivers can be held legally responsible for any accidents caused by the failure to maintain trucking equipment.

Preventing Mechanical Breakdowns with Routine Maintenance Checks

To effectively prevent breakdowns and serious accidents, commercial truck drivers and trucking companies are required to perform routine maintenance checks on their vehicles. Just as consumer drivers perform routine oil changes, tire rotations, tune-ups, and other maintenance work, commercial drivers are required to do the same to their tractor trailers. Considering the size and weight of semi-trucks, the importance of routine checkups can be significantly enhanced.

Contact a Farmington Hills Car Accident Lawyer

Have you been involved in a serious car or truck accident that was caused by defective trucking equipment? Has a truck drivers' failure to maintain equipment directly caused your accident? With my help, I can help uncover that the truck driver or trucking company knowingly failed to address existing maintenance issues and can hold any liable party accountable for your damages.

To learn more about your rights and options at this time, contact Abrahams Law today.