Failure to Maintain
Truck Accidents Caused by Mechanical Breakdown
Semi-trucks can legally weigh as much as 40 times more than normal passenger
vehicles, making them fully capable of causing devastating damage in the
event of a collision. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance
to maintain the condition of the truck's equipment, keeping it in
proper working order at all times.
Even relatively minor problems with an 18-wheeler's equipment can lead
to catastrophic accidents, particularly at highway speed. Trucking companies
are even subject to equipment maintenance regulations enacted and enforced
by the federal government.
Trucking companies can be held legally accountable when accidents are caused
by their failure to maintain equipment. If you were harmed in a collision caused by the improper maintenance,
a Nebraska trucking accident lawyer from our firm can help you pursue
Truck Maintenance Regulations
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) was established in 2000 and works with the mission of "improving
the safety of commercial motor vehicles and saving lives." In carrying
out this mission, the FMCSA enforces hundreds of regulations governing
every aspect of the commercial trucking industry. For example, Part 396
of the FMCSA regulations covers the subject of inspection, repair, and
maintenance of semi-trucks, including such subjects as lubrication, driver
vehicle inspection reports, and the necessary qualifications of brake
These regulations impose strict requirements on truck drivers and their
employers, such as maintaining 30 days' worth of consecutive inspection
and repair records for each vehicle.
Truckers are required to perform their own inspection before driving the
vehicle to ensure that the truck is in safe operating condition. If any defects or deficiencies are found, the driver is directed to certify
that any necessary repairs have been performed before heading out on the
road. If the vehicle is discovered to be in unsafe condition while on
the highway, the driver must proceed directly to the nearest place where
repairs can be performed, though this is only allowed in cases where such
operation would not pose a greater risk than keeping the truck on the highway.
Help for Nebraska Truck Accident Victims
At The Robert Pahlke Law Group, our Nebraska trucking accident lawyers
have more than 85 years of combined experience helping accident victims
pursue compensation, and we know how to effectively investigate a truck
accident case. It is often necessary to subpoena the truck's maintenance
records to find any gaps that may indicate lapses in the routine schedule
of maintenance. The pre-trip inspection logs may also reveal that there
were known mechanical faults with the truck at the time of the accident.
Checking the records may even indicate that the truck driver did not perform
any type of inspection before driving.
Injured in a trucking accident? Call us at 888-514-4138!
Truckers are generally under heavy pressure to meet stiff delivery deadlines
and will sometimes push the limits of safety by delaying repairs. Other
times, the lack of maintenance is only attributable to plain laziness.
Whatever the specifics of the case, if you have been seriously injured
or have lost a loved one in an accident caused by faulty or improperly
maintained equipment, you have a right to demand fair compensation.
Contact us now to take the first steps in your case and to learn how you can seek
compensation! The Robert Pahlke Law Group represents victims of trucking
accidents that happened on I-90, I-80, I-76, and I-25.