Large trucks and 18-wheelers, just like any car or piece of machinery, need routine maintenance. Because the stakes are high and the consequences of a truck accident can be catastrophic, trucking companies are required to inspect and maintain tractor-trailers, big-rigs, and other commercial trucks. If the trucking company, maintenance contractor, or driver fails to maintain the truck or tractor-trailer, a serious trucking accident can occur. The results of a trucking accident caused by negligent maintenance can be catastrophic and can include:
Proving that negligent maintenance was the cause of a catastrophic truck accident is not always easy. But a thorough investigation and analysis by an experienced Ohio truck accident lawyer can uncover the true cause of the accident and can help the victim and their family recover the money that they need and deserve to help them regain some sense of normalcy in their lives.
Just like any business, trucking companies want to make a profit. Unfortunately, sometimes their profit motive comes at the expense of maintenance, as trucking companies often do the minimum required to maintain a truck and tractor-trailer.
Just like any business, trucking companies want to make a profit. Unfortunately, sometimes their profit motive comes at the expense of maintenance, as trucking companies often do the minimum required to maintain a truck and tractor-trailer. In their efforts to meet delivery schedules, trucking companies may overlook or ignore a maintenance schedule.
The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) has standards that truck drivers and trucking companies must follow when it comes to maintaining a vehicle. These requirements address:
The trucking company is responsible for inspecting, repairing, and maintaining vehicles that are under their control. They must keep detailed truck maintenance records that can be reproduced on demand.
Truck drivers have a role in ensuring vehicle, too. Truck drivers must make a pre-trip inspection of the vehicle to identify any problems and make necessary repairs. They must also make an inspection report at the end of each day.
If an injured person can show that performing proper maintenance would have avoided the collision that caused their injuries, the trucking company will be held liable. In many cases, there is more than one party who is legally responsible for injuries caused by negligent truck maintenance.
But don’t expect the trucking company to voluntarily admit that it failed to properly maintain its vehicle. And most police officers will be too busy to focus on a thorough evaluation of the truck and its maintenance record when dealing with the chaos at the scene of a truck crash. If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in a truck accident, an Ohio truck accident lawyer can help identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable.
Proving negligent truck maintenance is difficult, and often requires a detailed analysis of truck maintenance records. An experienced Ohio truck accident attorney will contact the trucking company as soon as possible after the accident to request that the trucking company preserve any evidence that might be relevant. If the trucking company destroys relevant evidence, they could be subject to a claim for destruction of evidence. If you do not involve an attorney quickly, the trucking company might destroy important evidence without consequences.
When a truck accident occurs, the trucking company immediately sends people to the scene of the collision to investigate, secure evidence, and minimize the risk that they will be sued. To protect yourself and your family, it is important that you get an experienced Ohio truck accident attorney involved right away. Your lawyer will work to investigate the vehicle itself and to secure the data log, and maintenance records, and any “black box” data. This information must be examined by your lawyer and expert witnesses to prove that the trucking company was negligent in maintaining the truck and that this negligence caused the crash and your injuries.
Proving negligent truck maintenance is difficult, and often requires a detailed analysis of truck maintenance records. An experienced Ohio truck accident attorney will contact the trucking company as soon as possible after the accident to request that the trucking company preserve any evidence that might be relevant.
If an unsafe truck caused your injuries, the Ohio truck accident lawyers at Robenalt Law are here to help. We will investigate the cause of the accident and work to hold the trucking company accountable for the harm it caused.
If you or someone you loved was injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
Tom Robenalt started his litigation career representing trucking companies at a large firm in Cleveland. For the past 25 years, he has used that experience to help victims and their families secure compensation for injuries caused by trucking accidents.