Failure to Maintain a Truck
Our Oklahoma Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help
Commercial trucks, also called 18-wheelers or big-rigs, are heavy, large vehicles. The companies in charge of maintaining these trucks have a responsibility to every person sharing the roads, because of the severe damage big trucks can cause. Unfortunately, companies looking to cut costs or save time may not keep their vehicles in the greatest condition. Without regular inspection or proper maintenance, commercial trucks can pose serious danger to everyone on the road. If you have been injured in a truck accident due to a maintenance failure, you may have a right to compensation.
At Martin Jean & Jackson, we provide individual attention to our clients to ensure each and every case is handled with the utmost care. Our personal injury attorneys have the qualifications and legal skills necessary to defend your rights following a truck accident.
Federal guidelines for truck maintenance are in place in order to ensure trucking companies maintain their vehicles for the safety of everyone else on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires companies to see to it that their trucks receive periodic maintenance, and also select which equipment should be checked and when certain parts are to be repaired or replaced. Additionally, they decide how those inspections and repairs should be recorded. If a company fails to follow these rules in the maintenance of their vehicles, they could be held responsible for any damage caused due to their negligence.
Common truck maintenance failures include:
- Brakes: If brake pads are worn or need replacing, they could cause brakes to work poorly, or even fail.
- Tires: Poor tread or improper air pressure can cause blowouts.
- Lights: Dim or dead lights can make large trucks difficult to see, and very dangerous.
- Steering: If steering mechanisms are not working properly it could lead the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
- Coupling Devices: Poorly maintained coupling devices could cause the truck to jackknife or rollover.
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Not only does our firm have more than 100 years of combined experience behind us, we also have a proven track record of success. Our lawyers are passionate about protecting the injured, not only from the guilty party, but also from insurance companies. Don’t trust your case to just anyone, let our practiced attorneys provide you with the legal counsel you need. We have helped more than 15,000 clients recover over $500 million in compensation for their injuries, and our goal is to obtain the best results for your case.
Contact Martin Jean & Jackson to discuss your truck accident case, today.