Commercial trucks are larger and heavier than nearly all other vehicles on the road. Because of their extreme size and weight, truck accidents are serious. Commercial truck accidents frequently result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.
Since the dangers of a truck accident are so high, it is important that the companies who own and operate commercial trucks take precautions to prevent accidents. This includes performing routine inspections and necessary maintenance.
When people are injured in a truck accident related to a failure to perform proper maintenance, they have a right to seek compensation for damages. At our Melbourne, FL, practice, Charpentier Law Firm, our attorneys are happy to assist accident victims in getting the financial compensation they are due.
How Often Should Trucks Be Inspected?
Commercial trucks should be inspected more regularly than other vehicles. Truck drivers are responsible for inspecting their vehicles at the beginning of each work shift. During these daily inspections, drivers must examine all parts of their vehicle to ensure that they are in proper order and are functioning correctly.
Parts that should be inspected include:
- Steering mechanism
- Rearview mirrors
- Windshield wipers
- Parking brake
- Trailer brake connections
Aside from performing an inspection, truck drivers are responsible for going over the post-trip inspection report that was completed by the driver who was operating the vehicle during the previous shift. If that report indicates any need for repairs, the driver must check that the necessary work was completed before beginning the shift.
Who Is Responsible for Truck Maintenance?
Even though truck drivers must perform daily inspections, it is the trucking company who is ultimately responsible for truck maintenance. Trucking companies must keep detailed maintenance reports that indicate:
- Inspection dates
- Repair requests
- Parts purchases
- Completed repair work
In addition, trucking companies must schedule their own vehicle inspections. At least once a year, each truck must be thoroughly examined by a qualified vehicle inspector.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also has a right to inspect commercial vehicles at any time. If they were to find that a truck had been poorly maintained or that maintenance records were not up-to-date, they could pull the vehicle from operation.
Proving liability related to a failure to perform proper maintenance can be difficult. Fortunately, our Melbourne attorneys have handled many of these types of cases. We work with experts who are able to reconstruct truck accidents and recognize maintenance issues that could have contributed to the collision.
Our team will work to provide the evidence that is necessary to hold the trucking company responsible for accident damages so that our clients can be rewarded the compensation they are due for any losses related to the crash.
If you have been involved in a truck accident in the Melbourne area, you should work with the accident attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm to learn more about your potential right to financial compensation. To discuss your legal options, contact us at your earliest convenience or set up a personal consultation with one of our attorneys by calling (321) 308-8020.