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Accidents Caused by Poor Truck Maintenance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) indicates that there were over 300,000 accidents involving large trucks in 2011 alone. Due to their large size and tremendous weight, semi-trucks have the potential to cause serious injury when they are involved in accidents. Because of the risk these vehicles pose to other motorists, the entire trucking industry is highly regulated by both state and federal law. These regulations concern issues ranging from conspicuity and signage requirements on the vehicles themselves to minimum standards for licensing the individuals who drive these vehicles. Among these regulations are rules regarding truck maintenance and vehicle safety standards. Unfortunately, these regulations are not always followed, sometimes resulting in disastrous consequences. In fact, noncompliance with federal or state regulations may be sufficient to establish legal liability in the event of an accident. Anyone who has been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle should consult with an experienced Massachusetts personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine whether they have a legal claim.

Helping Victims of Semi-Truck Accidents Recover

One of the ways in which truck maintenance is regulated by federal law is the requirement that vehicles undergo periodic inspections and pre-trip checks. Despite these check, the fact remains that these vehicles are often driven over 100,000 miles per year, resulting in significant wear and tear. As a result, truck maintenance issues are a common problem, and unscrupulous drivers and trucking companies may cut corners in order to save on operating costs and ensure on-time deliveries. There are many ways in which poor truck maintenance could result in a preventable injury-causing accident. Some of the more common include the following:

  • Steering failures
  • Brake failures
  • Tire blowouts
  • Faulty windshield wipers
  • Couple device failures
  • Broken or missing mirrors
  • Parking brake failures
  • Horn problems
  • Stability system failures
  • Light failures or missing reflectors

There are countless other ways in which truck accidents could be caused by poor truck maintenance, and an experienced attorney can often spot these issues even when others have missed them. Depending on the cause of the accident, there are several different parties that could potentially be held liable. Determining who to sue is often a legally complicated process, and it is advisable to retain an attorney before asserting any legal claims. Finally, anyone who has been involved in a trucking accident should be certain to undergo a thorough medical evaluation in order to ensure that any injuries sustained are properly diagnosed and documented.

Contact a Framingham Truck Accident Attorney Today for a Free a Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by poor truck maintenance, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Cappetta Law Offices is an experienced Massachusetts personal injury law firm with offices in Framingham and Natick serving all of Middlesex County and beyond. As a former prosecutor, attorney Daniel Cappetta aggressively fights for victims’ rights, and is committed to securing each client he represents the best possible settlement or award. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cappetta, call our office today at (508) 969-9505 or contact us online.