Given how frequently and how long trucks are on the road, federal trucking regulations mandate that drivers and/or trucking company employees inspect trucks’ equipment prior to long hauls and routinely after the trucks have been driven a specified number of miles. The point of such inspections is to see if any equipment or systems need to be replaced before the truck is driven again in order to prevent a vehicle equipment failure from causing a serious truck accident. Some of the pieces of equipment checked and/or replaced during routine maintenance inspections include:
- Headlights and/or reflectors
- Cargo straps and/or couplings.
When such truck maintenance inspections are not performed or are improperly performed:
- There is an increased risk of vehicle equipment failure and serious truck accidents.
- The trucker, trucking company and/or mechanic can be held liable for accident victims’ injuries, medical bills, losses, property damage and mental anguish.
Establishing Failure to Maintain Trucks
When it comes to establishing that some party’s failure to properly maintain a truck caused or worsened a truck accident, the following documents can be essential to proving negligence and helping victims secure the compensation they deserve:
- Truck inspection reports
- Truck repair and maintenance records
- Cargo loading records
- Police reports (following an accident)
- Vehicle conditions reports, which should be completed daily by truck drivers
- Records from a truck’s on-board computer
St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyers
The St. Louis truck accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you were involved in a truck accident and are currently in need of a Missouri or Illinois truck accident lawyer, we encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.