How Can Poor Truck Maintenance Contribute to Accident in MD?

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Whether you’re in awe of the size of semi-trucks or find it frustrating to drive behind them due to the slower speeds they travel at, one thing is true – accidents involving these vehicles can be catastrophic. Unfortunately, many accidents involving these vehicles can be prevented with proper maintenance. If you are the victim of a collision caused by poor truck maintenance, understanding who can face liability for the damages you’ve endured is critical. The following blog explores what you should know about these matters and why connecting with Baltimore County truck accident attorneys is critical to fighting for the compensation you deserve.

What Are Common Truck Maintenance Problems?

Unfortunately, one of the most common issues with trucks revolves around their tires. Issues with tires can often lead to blowouts, which occur as a result of balding, over or underinflation, or improperly aligned axles. If a tire blows out, it can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle, leading to a collision.

Another common issue that can lead to accidents revolves around trucks with brakes that have not been inspected or updated. As a result, a driver may be unable to stop the vehicle before colliding with another driver, building, or structure. These accidents can be devastating and may result in death.

Finally, if the safety features of the truck are not working as intended, it can result in serious injuries to others on the road. For example, you may find in some instances, if mirrors break off, fluid is not replaced, or a horn does not work, it can impact the ability of the driver to safely operate their vehicle. As a result, accidents can occur.

If I’m Hurt, Who Can Be Held Liable?

It’s important to understand that logistics and trucking companies require drivers to complete a safety and inspection checklist before driving. However, many drivers may feel pressured or even be instructed by management to skip the inspection in favor of hitting the road to ensure deliveries are made on time. As a result, a driver may not catch a hazard, causing a collision. However, had they reported and repaired the issue, an accident could have been avoided.

As such, you may be able to hold the driver and their employer responsible. If the driver chooses to skip the safety checklist, they can be held liable, and their employer can also face responsibility, as they are ultimately liable for the actions of their employees. However, if a manufacturing or production defect is the reason the truck was not functioning properly, you may be able to hold the manufacturer or mechanic who fixed the truck liable as well.

Regardless, if you’ve been injured in a collision because of a preventable maintenance issue, it’s imperative to connect with an experienced attorney from the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi as soon as possible. We understand how complex these matters can be, so we are dedicated to fighting for you. Connect with us today to discuss your circumstances with our committed legal team.

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