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Was Your Truck Accident Caused by Inadequate Maintenance?

Posted on in Car Accidents

Rockford personal injury attorneys Truck accidents often lead to catastrophic consequences. If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a truck accident, you may be desperate for answers. You may have questions about how the truck accident occurred, who is legally responsible for the accident, and how you will pay for the massive costs incurred by the accident. Truck accident liability is often complex. The liable party may be the truck driver himself or herself, the trucking company, or a number of other parties. In some cases, a truck accident stems from inadequate truck maintenance and the party responsible for compensating the truck accident victims is the party who failed to properly maintain the truck.

Accidents Caused by Failure to Properly Maintain a Commercial Truck

We often assume that truck accidents are caused by driver error, however, there are many cases in which a truck driver is not the liable party in a truck accident claim. If the truck malfunctioned, improper truck maintenance could be to blame your accident. Truck companies have a legal duty to ensure that their trucks are regularly inspected and maintained. Inadequate truck maintenance can lead to dangerous defects, including:

  • Tire blowouts
  • Bald tires
  • Brake failure
  • Steering system failure
  • Broken tail lights or headlights
  • Trailer detachment
  • Defective securement devices

Proving a Truck Accident Was Caused by Poor Maintenance

Through a truck accident injury claim, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs caused by you truck accident. You may be compensated for your past medical bills as well as the future medical costs you will encounter because of your injuries. You may also be compensated for your property damage, lost income from missed work, future lost income, and reduced earning capacity. Damages in a truck accident injury claim may also include intangible losses such as your mental anguish and pain and suffering. A wrongful death claim may enable you to hold a negligent trucking company accountable for your loved one’s death and recover compensation for your loved one’s lost income, medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and more.

However, to win your claim, you must show evidence that connects your injury or your loved one’s death to the trucking company’s negligence. A lawyer experienced in truck accident claims can help you gather evidence that demonstrates the truck company’s negligence. This many include data from the truck’s event data recorder, photographs and videos, accident reconstruction, and more.

Contact a Winnebago County Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident, contact a Rockford personal injury attorney from Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of KJS. Call our office today at 815-215-7561 and schedule a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/passenger-safety/inspection-repair-and-maintenance-motor-carriers-passengers-part-396

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