Failure to Maintain Vehicles

Trucking companies must maintain the safety of their vehicles, in order to protect the wellbeing of both their drivers and others on the road. This includes not only initial inspections of their equipment, but also performing regular maintenance on them. Without the proper care and maintenance of 18-wheeler trucks, it’s much more likely that these vehicles will become dangerous. They could even involve innocent drivers in serious accidents and cause related injuries. However, when a trucking company has neglected to take responsibility for maintenance, then that company might be held accountable for this negligence, legally and financially.

What Maintenance Entails

Truck maintenance involves regular inspection and updates or repairs to vehicles so that they remain safe while drivers operate them. This maintenance will depend on the needs of every particular vehicle, but will likely involve:

  • Brake checks and repairs
  • Oil changes and tune-ups
  • Tire checks and rotations
  • Checks on dashboard lighting
  • Headlight repair and replacement
  • Inspection of wiper blades
  • Engine checks and repairs

All of these maintenance basics should be attended to by a trucking company. Unfortunately, sometimes those who run trucking companies fail to ensure that the necessary maintenance is being done, resulting in a dangerous vehicle that could cause a serious accident.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know has been hit by a truck driver and that accident, you believe, was caused because of a failure to maintain the truck, then you could be due monetary compensation. At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., our legal team strives to protect the rights and interests of those who have been harmed in such an accident. Thus, call 800-242-2874 today to talk about your legal position and options.