In any truck accident, there are likely numerous factors that led to the accident. One of the most common causes of major truck accidents, however, is a failure to properly maintain trucks. Trucking companies and other businesses that own or lease semi-trucks are required to make sure that their vehicles are in good condition and safe for the road. When they fail to do so, the consequences can be devastating.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a truck accident, it is possible that the person or entity responsible for conducting truck maintenance is liable. Our firm can help you navigate the legal process. At Anastopoulo Law Firm our team of attorneys thoroughly investigates each case we take on, and we often work with accident reconstruction specialists and other industry experts in order to determine exactly how an accident occurred—and who is responsible.
Reach out to us today for a free consultation; call (800) 313-5984 or fill out and submit an online contact form to get started.
Who Is Responsible for Semi-Truck Maintenance?
The U.S. trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMSCA. According to FMSCA rules, all truck drivers are required to perform truck inspections, both before a trip and after it has been completed. This means that truck drivers themselves have a significant responsibility when it comes to truck maintenance. After conducting a thorough check of the truck and its various parts, truck drivers must sign a written inspection report. This report includes a checklist of truck parts—such as brakes, tires, lights, horns, and more—that must be inspected and signed off on.
However, truck drivers are not the only one liable for truck maintenance. If a driver notices something wrong with the vehicle, he or she must report it to the trucking company. The trucking company (or the company that owns, leases, or operates the truck in question) is then responsible for taking the necessary steps to adequately repair or replace noted parts. Trucking companies must keep all written and signed truck inspection reports for a period of at least three months, and they are not allowed to encourage, pressure, or force a driver to operate an unsuitable vehicle.
How We Investigate Failure to Maintain Truck Accident Claims
Some common problems that we see in regards to improper truck maintenance/maintenance procedures include:
- Truck drivers that do not complete the mandatory pre- and post-trip truck inspections
- Truck drivers that do not properly fill out and sign inspection reports
- Truck drivers that fail to report vehicle issues to their employer/trucking company
- Trucking companies that do not properly address/repair reported vehicle issues
- Trucking companies that fail to keep truck inspection reports for the required period of time
- Trucking companies that allow/make drivers operate unsafe vehicles
When you turn to Anastopoulo Law Firm with your truck accident claim, our legal team begins working right away on investigating the cause of your accident. We look at all available evidence, including truck maintenance and inspection reports, to determine if failure to maintain a semi-truck led to your accident. With more than 25 years of experience, our South Carolina attorneys have the in-depth legal knowledge, resources, and skill needed to thoroughly prepare your case.
Find out more about how our firm can help you with your claim; call our office at (800) 313-5984 and request a free case evaluation today.