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Improper Maintenance and Truck Accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2024 | Truck Accidents

Semitrucks are much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the roadways. Because these large vehicles have so many components, it’s critical that they’re properly maintained.

A semitruck that isn’t properly maintained can be affected by components that fail, which can lead to a crash. There are several parts that can fail on a rig; the following are some of the more common.

Brake system failures

The brake system is one of the most crucial components of a semitruck, and its failure can have dire consequences. Improper maintenance, such as infrequent brake inspections or neglecting to replace worn-out brake pads and components, can lead to brake failures.

This is particularly dangerous for semitrucks due to their massive size and weight, which require a much longer stopping distance compared to smaller vehicles. A brake system failure can result in the inability to stop the truck in time to avoid a collision, leading to high-speed impacts with other vehicles or obstacles.

Tire blowouts

Tire maintenance is another critical area that, if neglected, can contribute to semitruck crashes. Regular tire inspections are necessary to ensure proper tire pressure, adequate tread depth and the absence of damage or wear. Improperly inflated or worn-out tires can lead to blowouts, especially when a semitruck is carrying heavy loads.

A tire blowout can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, potentially resulting in rollover accidents or collisions with other vehicles. Ensuring that tires are in good condition and appropriately inflated is vital for maintaining the stability and control of the truck.

Steering and suspension issues

The steering and suspension systems of a semitruck are essential for maintaining control and stability, particularly when maneuvering or traveling on uneven surfaces. Improper maintenance, such as failing to check and replace worn-out suspension components or neglecting steering system inspections, can lead to loss of control.

Steering system failures can make it difficult for the trucker to navigate the truck safely, while suspension issues can affect the semitruck’s handling and stability. Both scenarios increase the risk of accidents, particularly in adverse weather conditions or on winding roads.

Victims of semitruck crashes that are caused due to improper maintenance may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. Working with a legal representative who can assist with this undertaking may be beneficial because these cases can be complex.