When a truck accident happens, it is normal to focus suspicion on the truck driver. Was he speeding? Did he make an unsafe lane change? Was he driving while fatigued or drunk? While these and similar causes are often to blame for a truck collision, there are other causes. One of the most common is a failure to properly inspect and maintain the vehicle. Any automobile requires routine repairs, but this is particularly true in the case of semi-trucks. They have far more components than a typical passenger vehicle-for example, 18 wheels as opposed to only 4-and the equipment is subjected to much greater wear-and-tear with the cumulative effects of long hours of daily driving. If a truck driver or the trucking company does not perform routine inspections and regular maintenance, the vehicle is liable to sudden mechanical breakdown and can easily become a major safety hazard for everyone on the highway.
Fortunately, many of the trucking regulations that are enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are directly addressed to this common cause of accidents. For example, one FMCSA regulation requires the driver to perform a vehicle inspection at the end of the day to find any possible defects, as well as inspecting the truck before taking it out on the road. The vehicle must be given a full inspection on an annual basis, and the trucking company is required to keep several different types of records of maintenance and repair.
Prove Lack of Maintenance with Help from a Cincinnati Truck Accident Attorney
When you hire a Cincinnati truck accident lawyer from The Moore Law Firm to handle your personal injury case, one of the first questions we will raise in our investigation is whether negligent truck maintenance might have been the cause of your accident. We look everywhere we can to find evidence to prove your case, including police accident reports that might mention equipment failure, photographs of the damaged vehicle and even the trucking company's own records. Take the first step now by contacting us for an initial consultation so that we can discuss the matter and begin working on the case.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one as a result of another person's negligence, you deserve to be fully compensated for your losses. Whether you were hurt in a truck accident or auto accident, have suffered injuries as a result of a medical malpractice incident or were a victim of corporate negligence — the simple fact is that you should not be forced to pay the price for another person's careless or reckless actions.
The legal system gives you the right to seek justice for these wrongs — take advantage of your rights. The most effective step you can take to secure your right to fair compensation for your losses is to hire a Cincinnati personal injury attorney to advocate on your behalf and represent your case to the insurance company.
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