Truck Accidents Due to Negligent Maintenance

Getting into an accident with a commercial truck can be absolutely catastrophic for anyone involved, especially those people who are in a significantly smaller passenger vehicle. This is a significant reason that CDL drivers are held to much more stringent requirements when it comes to licensing and specific certifications for certain types of cargo among other important regulations. 

Many of these regulations pertain to things like the hours of service that they are allowed to operate over the course of any given day or week, while there are many others pertaining to the specific type of cargo that they are carrying and the size, weight, and type of vehicle they are allowed to operate. However, the maintenance that they perform, inspections they make, and the upkeep to the mechanics of the vehicle are equally important and have their own strict regulations.

Hire an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you have been in an accident with a commercial truck that was caused by negligent maintenance or a mechanical failure of any type, you need the support of an experienced personal injury and truck accident lawyer who can help you make sense of this situation and get the money that you truly deserve. Trying to understand whether or not a maintenance failure occurred can be difficult itself, and trying to determine the specifics of the failure can be extremely overwhelming, especially for someone who is trying to recover from serious injuries. You need a St. Louis personal injury lawyer who is experienced with these types of accidents to help you get the money that you deserve.

Read more below to get a general idea of how we can help you through the claims investigation following a negligent maintenance accident. Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation so that we can begin focusing on your case today. You deserve compensation for all of the financial impacts that result from someone else’s negligence, and we will fight for your rights through every step of this process.

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Truck Maintenence and Accidents

  • 396.3 of the Code of Federal Regulations is titled “Inspection, repair, and maintenance,” and begins with this selection: “General. Every motor carrier and intermodal equipment provider must systematically inspect, repair, and maintain, or cause to be systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained, all motor vehicles and intermodal equipment subject to its control.”

Commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, buses, and others each have specific and complicated systems in place that allow them to handle long distances and heavy loads of cargo safely. There are many possibilities for user error, as with any vehicle, but there are also many more possibilities of mechanical failures with these large vehicles that can cause catastrophic failures and serious injuries, especially for people in smaller passenger vehicles who are involved in the crash.

Common Truck Maintenance Failures

The following are just a few examples of failures that can cause accidents. Whether or not your accident seems to have resulted in any of the following, contact our firm as soon as possible so that we can begin to take stock of the situation and identify important indicators that will help us to prove negligence and fault.

  • Tire blowouts
  • Brake failures
  • Improperly stored cargo
  • Broken or faulty directional signals
  • Improper reflective material
  • Trailer disconnecting from the truck

As you can imagine, these are only a few of the multitude of failures that are possible. There are many different ways that we will be able to examine whether or not a failure took place, and then determine who is responsible for this failure, and therefore your financial damages. 

Hire a St. Louis Truck Accident Attorney Today

It is absolutely essential that we are able to make a clear and compelling case for why the responsible party must pay for all of the financial impacts that you are suffering, including both economic and non-economic damages. Our experience as truck accident attorneys will be a significant help for you throughout this difficult and complicated process, and we will make sure that you are able to focus on recovering from your injuries while we focus on recovering your damages.