One of the most common causes of truck crashes in Dallas-Fort Worth is the trucker/trucking company neglecting the truck by not providing proper routine truck maintenance. No vehicle, let alone an 80,000-pound truck, should be driven without being well-maintained and having any mechanical problems repaired. Fluid changes, inspections, tire service, brake service, and more are all important to ensure a truck performs safely and efficiently on the road.
If you have recently been involved in a truck crash and suffered injuries, you can hold both the trucker and the trucking company liable to recover full compensation for all the injuries caused to you.
Failing to keep up with a routine maintenance schedule is a violation of law
Commercial trucks are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to undergo regular inspections, maintenance, and repairs. These requirements have been put in place to keep the trucks in safe working condition when they go out on the road and to reduce potential complications that could lead to avoidable crashes.
FMCSA states that every large truck and carrier must undergo pre-trip and post-trip inspections to look for conditions that could cause or contribute to unsafe operations. The inspection report may include a detailed report of the truck’s parking and service brakes, fuel systems, tires, wheels and rims, horn, headlamps, windshield wipers, rear-view mirrors, coupling equipment, turn signals, tail lamps, steering mechanism and suspension. Additionally, truckers must also maintain these inspection reports for at least one year.
Truckers & truck companies can be held liable
Routine inspections and maintenance reports are crucial to maintain truck safety, and they can also be used to prove negligence in a truck crash. If the trucker has disregarded truck safety by violating the FMCSA guidelines, with the result being tragic crashes where victims suffer devastating injuries, both the trucker and the trucking company can be held liable.
Contact an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorney today!
If you suffer any injuries in a commercial truck crash in Dallas-Fort Worth, you can file a lawsuit to recover damages to cover medical bills, loss of income and other expenses associated with the crash. At Samples Ames PLLC, our team of skilled and experienced personal injury attorneys will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.