Gainesville Truck Maintenance Safety Regulations Attorneys
After a serious truck accident, it is natural for victims to automatically assume the truck driver was at fault. While truck driver error is the cause of many tractor-trailer crashes on the road, sometimes mechanical failure or another issue is to blame. In these cases, the parties responsible for properly maintaining the truck can be held liable for any injuries and other losses sustained during the crash. It is very difficult to determine when maintenance issues caused a truck accident. Our Gainesville truck maintenance safety regulations attorneys can prove your claim.
Our Attorney Explains the FMCSA Maintenance Regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the federal agency that oversees and regulates the trucking industry. Among the agency’s many regulations on trucks, there are several regarding the proper inspection and maintenance of all interstate commercial trucks.
One of FMCSA’s regulations stipulates that truck drivers should perform a full inspection of their vehicle before and after any trip. It is through these daily inspections that most mechanical and maintenance issues should be detected. The FMCSA also requires truck drivers and owners to maintain comprehensive records on all inspections, maintenance, and repairs. After a crash, it is important to work with a attorney that can obtain these records before they are destroyed or altered.
Truck owners and commercial trucking companies must store these records for at least one year while they are using the vehicle. They must also keep the records for at least six months if the truck is transferred or sold to another party. A failure to preserve these records can also result in a party being found liable for an accident.
Our Attorney Knows the Maintenance Issues that Cause Truck Accidents
Any time a commercial truck is not properly maintained, it can result in a serious accident. However, there are some maintenance issues that are more common than others, and that are more likely to cause an accident. These are as follows:
- Failed or faulty brakes
- Trailer hitch failures
- Steering column issues
- Tire blowouts
- Unsecured cargo
- Broken headlights
The above issues are often a result of truck drivers or owners ignoring a problem that would have been relatively easy to fix. If a trucking company or owner hired a third party to inspect and maintain a truck, and that person or entity did not properly perform the job, they can also be found liable for a truck accident that results.
Our Gainesville Truck Maintenance Safety Regulations Attorneys Can Help After a Crash
If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious crash, our Gainesville truck maintenance safety regulations attorney at Meldon Law can provide the sound legal advice you need. Our experienced attorney knows how to determine what caused your crash, so you can hold the appropriate parties liable for damages. Call us today at 800-373-8000 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys and to learn more about how we can help.