Each year, poor maintenance of commercial trucks leads to catastrophic injury and death on our roadways. These tragedies are preventable. Commercial trucks are designed to operate with all parts in working condition. When there is a maintenance failure, parts can become worn or broken and not work properly. When critical features of a commercial truck do not work correctly, that truck becomes dangerous to operate.
Attorney James Ponton has dedicated his practice to helping the injured get the compensation that they deserve. Please contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 if you have been in an accident involving a commercial truck.
Commercial Truck Maintenance
Like all vehicles, commercial trucks have certain parts that require maintenance more frequently than others. Many trucking companies have automotive professionals on staff to provide maintenance services, while other companies choose to outsource the work. In either instance, the trucking company is responsible for putting safe trucks on the roadways. Some vehicle parts that commonly require maintenance include:
- Lights. Trucks traveling in poor weather conditions (such as snow, fog, or rain) or traveling in low-light conditions must have properly maintained lights.
- Windshields and Wiper Blades. The ability to see is critical for all drivers. Truck drivers in particular must work to ensure that they are able to see the area around the truck clearly. This means that the windshield, windows and wiper blades must all be maintained properly.
- Mirrors. Commercial trucks have different mirrors designed to reduce the number of blind-spots. These mirrors should be clean and properly aligned at all times.
- Tires. Tires might be the most common reason for maintenance related accidents. When a truck has an overinflated or underinflated tire there can be tire blowouts which are difficult for truck drivers to control. All truck drivers should make sure that tires are checked for wear by a professional and that they have the proper amount of air given the design of the tire.
- Brakes. Worn brake pads increase stopping time. Stopping time is critical for all vehicles but is especially so for commercial trucks.
- Internal Systems. It also critical that truck drivers and trucking companies check the condition of belts, hoses, emissions systems, oil and other systems to ensure they are being properly maintained.
Properly maintaining commercial trucks is important for protecting those who share the roadways with truckers. If you have been injured by a truck that was not properly maintained, then you should contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 to discuss your ability to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
How Can I Tell if Poor Maintenance Contributed to My Accident?
Attorney James Ponton will work with you and industry experts to determine the cause of your accident. Industry specialists can examine vehicles – even those that have been severely damaged – and make determinations about factors that could have caused the accident. For example, a specialist could examine tire tread and determine if a loss of tread contributed to an accident.
At Ponton Law we work with automotive and medical professionals to determine who is responsible for your injuries and the extent of your injuries. Ponton Law will work to create a team of professionals that can support your claim and help you get the compensation that you deserve.
How Do I Contact Ponton Law?
Please contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 to discuss your rights and options. We provide dedicated and experienced legal service. Ponton Law will handle your legal claim so you can manage your recovery. Contact us today.