Truck Defects & Equipment Failure
A fully-loaded 18-wheeler is a demanding load for truck equipment such as tires and brakes. When proper inspection procedures arent followed and a trucks equipment fails, it puts every person on the road in peril not just the trucker.
In the wake of a truck collision, its important to thoroughly investigate the crash to determine whether it was caused by failing equipment. Thats why the attorneys at Greg Coleman Law take steps to immediately obtain maintenance and truck defect records, before the trucking company has a chance to destroy or lose these valuable documents. We work with experts in the field to establish whether the truck driver or carrier company acted negligently, leading to the cause of your accident and injuries.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one due to a trucking accident that was caused by truck equipment failure, you could have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Our trucking accident lawyers can help you determine whether you are eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering.
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Types of Semi-Truck Equipment Failure
Truck equipment must stand up to rigorous demands and without proper maintenance and inspection, can break down and fail. In some instances the actual piece of equipment may be defective, which happens frequently in tires. Sometimes, commercial trucking companies overlook the regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and fail to test the equipment on their semi-trucks, leading to devastating, horrific accidents.
- Failed Brakes
Heavy commercial vehicles such as tractor-trailers require a great deal of stopping distance. If a lack of maintenance causes a trucks brakes to fail, the truck may strike the back of another vehicle in a rear-end accident.
- Failed Tires
Tire blowouts and tread separation are very dangerous truck defects. If the trucking company used retreaded tires or failed to inspect the tires, they may be liable for damages resulting from the equipment failure.
- Missing Mirrors
Blind spots on trucks are enormous and extend from the vehicles sides to the rear. If the mirrors that enable a trucker to check his blind spots are missing, it is considered a truck defect.
- Missing Lights
Warning lights and flares are essential safety equipment for large vehicles like commercial trucks. When drivers have limited visibility of such a large vehicle, such as at night, this lack of equipment can lead to devastating accidents.
Large trucking companies have several lawyers with sharp legal tactics, and are known to falsify records. It is extremely important to contact a trucking accident law firm as soon as possible after a truck crash, in order to gather evidence that could be instrumental in your case.
Contact Our Knoxville Trucking Accident Law Firm
It is the responsibility of a trucking carrier to ensure their vehicles are operating safely and that all equipment in their fleet is properly working. If you were injured in a trucking accident because a trucking company failed to do everything in its power to keep drivers safe, you deserve justice.
At Greg Coleman Law, we believe that trucking companies that dont show concern for safety should be held accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a carriers negligence, our attorneys are here to help. We aggressively defend the rights of Knoxville truck accident victims and have the experience and resources to fight large trucking companies on your behalf.
We are proud to serve the citizens of Knoxville and the surrounding areas:
- Strawberry Plains
- and the surrounding communities
Dont wait for justice. Call (865) 247-0080 to discuss the details of your accident discreetly and confidentially.
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