The majority of truck accidents on the road are either the fault of the truck driver or the other party, but defects in important parts of the truck can contribute to an accident. How much defective parts affect the chances of the truck driver being unable to avoid an accident vary and some defects create situations in which imputes responsibility on a truck maintenance company or manufacturer. It is the responsibility of the trucking company and the driver to perform routine checks in order to ensure that all of the equipment on the truck is in working order and address any problems before allowing the truck on the road, but some defects go unnoticed until it is too late.
Truck Braking Systems: When They Fail To Stop A Large Load
The braking systems on semi-tractors and other large commercial trucks are extremely different than that of cars. Most trucks rely on an air brake system that uses compressed air in order to apply the brakes rather than using a hydraulic system that depends on brake fluid. Airbrakes are usually much more reliable than hydraulic brakes, but they are less responsive and truck drivers are not able to stop on the dime. The minor lag that exists in air brakes can make a difference in the half second that it takes for the brakes to be applied.
Defects to the compression system or the brakes themselves can create a disaster if the truck driver is unable to bring his eighteen-wheeler, flatbed or other large commercial vehicle to a halt. In the event that faulty brakes are the cause of an accident, an investigation needs to take place to determine if any part of the braking system was defective or if the system was not maintained properly.
Lighting Systems: Visibility Problems When Lights Go Missing Or Are Not Replaced
Problems with a truck’s lighting system are extremely common and many lighting systems have defects that can cause them to fail when they are needed at night or in adverse weather conditions. Lighting failure can contribute to nighttime accidents by making it nearly impossible for the truck driver to detect vehicles or motorcycles on the road. The lack of brake lights may also make it hard for the truck to be seen in adverse weather and result in the truck being hit from behind.
Federal Regulation Regarding Inspection and Maintenance of Semi-Trucks
Federal Regulation 396 requires all commercial trucking companies to regularly inspect and maintain all of the trucks in their fleets. Many defects can be discovered through routine inspections and repair, preventing issues on the road that can lead to disaster. Companies are required to keep logs of all of the maintenance performed on their truck in order to show compliance as well as to allow investigators to identify the cause of equipment failure or malfunction.
If defective equipment is indeed the cause of a truck accident, the manufacturer of the equipment can be held liable for the accident as well. Most accidents involving equipment failure are the fault of both the driver for continuing to drive with defective equipment and the equipment manufacturer itself. In order to determine how to distribute fault in an accident, it is best to consult with a reliable truck injury lawyer.
Inspecting Maintenance Records & Equipment Inspection To Prove Fault In Chicago Semi-Crash Cases Involving Personal Injury or Death
It is important to know your rights if you are involved in a truck accident so that you can be awarded compensation for your damages from all of the parties responsible for your injuries or the death of a loved one. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers is a trusted firm that will stand by your side through the entire process— from evaluating and investigating your case through every step of litigation until you have received the compensation you deserve.
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