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Poorly Maintained Trucks

There are more than 400,000 reported crashes involving large trucks each year in the U.S., a number that continues to grow, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In a significant number of these crashes, poorly maintained trucks are to blame.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident with a large truck in Houston, don’t hesitate to contact a law firm with an established track record of successfully investigating and litigating truck accident cases. The team at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian has the right experience to help you demand the justice you are owed.

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Common Defects in Poorly Maintained Trucks

Truck brake failure and tire blowouts are two of the most common contributing factors when it comes to large truck crashes. How many times have you seen a large, shredded tire on the side of the freeway, and felt relief that you weren’t behind that truck when the tire gave out? 

According to FMCSA’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study, brake problems were present in 29 percent of large trucks involved in crashes with fatalities or injuries, and tire problems were present in 6 percent of those crashes. 

The following are some examples of common maintenance issues that have contributed to crashes: 

Brake failure: Given the weight and mass of large trucks, their brake systems must be properly maintained. And given the long distances traveled by commercial vehicles, brakes and brake pads are prone to wear. When a truck driver can’t stop when needed, a dangerous accident can result, such as a rear-end, head-on, or side collision. 

Tire blowouts: Tires should be checked before every trip for wear and tear, or low pressure. When a truck is traveling at high speeds, a blowout can cause a truck driver to lose control of the vehicle, posing a serious risk to other drivers and pedestrians in the vicinity. 

Loose wheels: In addition to the tires themselves, related parts such as tire wheels, rims, and lugs must be in working order to ensure a truck doesn’t lose a wheel on the road. As with a tire blowout, a driver can quickly lose control of the truck with the loss of a wheel.

Burned out lights: All truck lights must be in working order so that a truck can be seen at night or in adverse weather, and so that drivers know when a truck is turning, braking, or backing up. Trucks are required to have working headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, and markers on the trailer to help with visibility.  

Steering system problems: The steering system mechanism should be inspected regularly to ensure it’s functional and secure. A driver might find that the steering wheel locks up, oversteers, turns sharply or feels shaky and loose, among other issues, which could mean a sudden loss of control. 

Understanding Maintenance Regulations for the Trucking Industry

Failing equipment in large trucks should never be a factor in any accident. Federal and state regulations require that trucking companies keep their trucks in safe operating condition at all times. They must systematically inspect, repair, and maintain their vehicles, both for the safety of their drivers and for the protection of all people on the road. And, given the miles regularly covered by commercial trucks, trucks should be carefully inspected every day the vehicle is operated.

Unfortunately, despite the safety regulations in place, accidents with large trucks involving fatalities and injuries continue to grow each year. Truck drivers are under enormous pressure to make their deliveries on time, and, too often, tight timelines are prioritized over safety. Although no one wants to imagine an accident with a large commercial truck, when they happen, those responsible must be held accountable.

 

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Holding Negligent Drivers, Trucking Companies, and Repair Facilities Liable

An accident involving a truck can be complicated. Often more than one party is responsible for damages, and sometimes an event that influenced an accident took place weeks or months before the accident, such as a manufacturer providing a faulty part. Our attorneys will work hard to help you identify the parties that may share liability in your accident, such as: 

The truck driver: If the driver failed to inspect and identify potential maintenance issues (for example, worn or cracked tires), he or she could be liable if an accident occurs. 

The trucking company: The trucking company is responsible for making sure its vehicles are safe to operate. A trucking company may be liable for failing to inspect and repair the vehicles in its fleet or for putting off an expensive repair. 

Truck manufacturers: Some crashes occur because a truck’s parts are defective or its design is faulty. Defects that could cause an accident include defective truck tires, brakes, steering mechanisms, and couplings, and any other part or system that is vital to the operation and performance of the vehicle.

Truck repair facilities: Sometimes, even when the trucking company and its driver have inspected a vehicle, the truck repair shop introduces an error that makes the truck hazardous to drive, whether it’s bad wiring, a leaking hose, or an improper mechanical repair. 

How Our Truck Accident Attorneys in Houston Can Help

The weeks or months following an accident with a truck can be a time of incredible stress and pain if an injury is involved. The truck accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian know what you’re going through and will give you the support you need. Our legal team has decades of combined experience litigating truck accident cases in and out of court.

Despite the devastation such accidents cause, well-funded trucking companies have a history of minimizing or refuting claims. We will fight for your rights and help you demand the full compensation and care you deserve. 

Our first step will be providing you with a free consultation. Our attorneys will address your fears and concerns, and give you clear advice about how to move forward. 

As soon as you hire our firm, we will swiftly begin an independent investigation of your crash. We will work hard to determine the cause of the accident, collecting evidence to help us identify all possible liable parties.

We will review medical records and evaluate your injuries with an industry-leading medical specialist, if needed, to help you calculate what full compensation should be for current and future medical costs. 

We will fiercely pursue a settlement that fairly and adequately covers your losses. The trucking company’s insurance provider may offer you a small settlement, but chances are, it won’t be enough. Never accept a settlement or sign documents until you’ve spoken with a truck accident lawyer. 

If your case goes before a jury, you can rest assured that you will be represented by an experienced, devoted legal team that has a long history of securing fair and full compensation for its clients.

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Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Houston

Poor truck maintenance is a well-known factor in truck crashes. You need a legal team that has the experience needed to investigate your case thoroughly and litigate aggressively on your behalf. You will pay no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.

If you have suffered a truck accident injury, contact The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian now. We are available 24/7, and we have a fully bilingual, Spanish-speaking legal team. Call us or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

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