Trucking Accidents

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Commercial trucking accidents are an unfortunate commonality on the busy highways of today. Commercial trucks typically carry loads in excess of 26,000 pounds. Carrying such heavy loads, it is little surprise why most commercial trucking accidents attorneys handle cases involving serious personal injury or death for those involved.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established on January 1st, 2000, as a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, following the passing of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act in 1999. The primary function of FMCSA is to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

Commercial trucking accidents can have a variety of causes, some of which include:

Trucking Accidents

There are two major types of truckers: “owner-operator” truckers and “company driver” truckers. Owner-operator truckers own their trucks and run their own business. Company drivers drive trucks provided to them by their employer. When company drivers are involved in a commercial trucking accident, their employers may be liable for injuries and damages if the trucker is viewed to be “at-fault.”

Truck drivers are required to abide by a strict set of trucking guidelines designed to severely limit the potential for accidents to take place; however, regardless of the safeguards, commercial trucking accidents invariably happen.

The south Texas area is one of the busiest commercial trucking corridors in the nation. For a truck accidents attorney San Antonio relies on most, call the Law Offices of Pat Maloney , P.C.

Poor Truck Maintenance

Commercial trucking accidents typically result in serious personal injury or death for those involved. Commercial truck drivers and their employers have a responsibility to ensure that their rig abides by the regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Poor truck maintenance is often a contributing factor to commercial trucking accidents. Commercial trucks spend a great deal of time on the road towing large and heavy loads. As such, “wear-and-tear” often tends to take its toll on the vehicles, requiring the continual maintenance and monitoring of parts that play an essential role in the safety and functionality of the vehicle.

Before a commercial truck is deemed road-worthy by FMCSA standards, it must first undergo a series of inspections designed to ensure vehicle safety. The following parts should always be in good working order:

  • Service brakes (including trailer brake connections)
  • Parking brake
  • Lighting devices / reflectors
  • Steering mechanism
  • Tires
  • Horn
  • Windshield wipers
  • Mirrors
  • Coupling devices

Commercial trucking accidents that are caused by poor truck maintenance make the owner / operator of the vehicle liable for any injuries or property damage.

Although some truck owners might view continual inspections to be excessive, they are an essential component in ensuring that all commercial trucks are road-safe so as to limit the potential for commercial trucking accidents.

The Law Offices of Pat Maloney, P.C., provide truck accident lawyers San Antonio relies on if you’ve experienced an automobile accident.