Some truck accidents can easily be attributed to the negligence of the driver. In cases of reckless driving, driver fatigue, or driving under the influence, there is rarely any question about who was at fault if the driver’s actions caused a collision. In truck accident cases where a vehicle malfunction can be attributed to the cause of the collision, proving who is responsible may not be so clear-cut.
Truck Drivers’ Responsibility to Properly Maintain their Vehicle
Like any driver, truckers need to stay up to date on vehicle maintenance and repairs to keep themselves and other drivers safe. A truck that has recently had an oil change, has properly inflated tires, and is generally well-managed will perform better on the road and avoid issues that can arise from a lack of repairs.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Maintenance Requirements
Motor carriers, or the businesses which employ truck drivers, are responsible for maintaining company trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations in place that require truck drivers and motor carriers to regularly inspect and repair their vehicles. Motor carriers are also required to keep records of all maintenance and repairs on their vehicles.
Cases of Defective Truck Parts
In some instances, a driver’s and motor carrier’s efforts to keep their trucks maintained are to no avail, because the vehicle’s issues are caused by defective parts. In these cases, the manufacturer or distributor of the truck or truck parts can be found liable for a collision caused by the defects.
Any truck accident can cause serious injury to other drivers. Our attorney can help recover maintenance records and other information to investigate your collision case and recover the compensation you deserve.
If you were harmed in a truck accident, call (727) 308-6060 or submit your information to schedule a free initial case evaluation with Bryan Caulfield.