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    What Are the Dangers When Trucking Companies Fail to Keep Their Vehicles Adequately Maintained?

    Person holding a clipboard with a commercial truck safety checklist, checking off items

    As you may know, the federal government has set specific regulations in place regarding the ways in which commercial vehicles are inspected and maintained. The primary reason for these regulations is to keep all road users safe.

    You see, when commercial vehicles are not regularly inspected and maintained, there is a slew of issues that can arise. When large trucks have problems out on the road, they can easily lead to injury-causing crashes.

    Read on to learn more about the dangers of failing to adequately inspect and maintain commercial trucks.

    Everyday Trucking Service Issues That Can Lead to Accidents

    Neglecting to Check and Replace Tires

    It is critical that the tires on commercial vehicles are regularly inspected and maintained. Many large trucks have 18 wheels, but all it takes is one tire malfunction for a trucker to lose control of the vehicle and cause a serious accident.

    The best way to prevent these types of mishaps is by inspecting the tread depth and condition of each tire at the beginning of every route. Defective tires must be immediately repaired or replaced.

    Failing to Adequately Service Braking Systems

    When trucks are loaded to capacity, they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (lbs). That’s a lot of weight to effectively slow down and stop.

    If a malfunction occurs within the braking system, the truck’s brakes may fail to engage, which can cause significant devastation to anyone nearby.

    It’s critical that the truck’s brakes are inspected before each route to avoid such detrimental accidents.

    Disregarding Light and Blinker Maintenance

    It’s critical that truck drivers warn other road users of the moves they plan to make well before they execute them. When the lights and blinkers on trucks are not adequately inspected and maintained, they may not function properly and can lead to accidents when other road users don’t have the time and space to prepare for truck maneuvers.

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    If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident through no fault of your own, you may be owed compensation. Let our team see if we can help you recover it.

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