Dallas, TX- Accidents involving tractor-trailers can any number of causes, driver error being the most common, but a spate of serious truck accidents in the Dallas area have highlighted another issue that makes these large vehicle hazardous to motorists. And that is mechanical failure.
Over the past year, two people have been seriously injured and one woman was killed when a part from a passing tractor-trailer crashed into their vehicles. All three of these accidents were caused by a part called a leaf-spring, which is part of a trucks suspension service.
In April of 2014, a Fort Worth woman was traveling on her way to work when all of the sudden a lead-spring went through her windshield and struck her in the face. The metal bar passed through her face severing her left ear, damaging her ear canal and leaving a hole the size of a silver dollar in her head, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported. Amazingly, she survived and is in the road to recovery, but it will be a long journey.
Several months later, another spring-leaf flew through the windshield of a man’s vehicle, critically injuring him. But just a few days before that, a similar crash in Denton killed a
In all three incidents, the trucks were never found.
Speaking to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, Lee Jackson, a former police officer who now investigates truck accidents, said that all of these accidents were preventable and most likely the cause of mechanical failure. He told the TV station that leaf-springs decay overtime and not overnight.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that one in five tractor-trailers operating in Texas have mechanical issues that should place that truck out of service. That means that drivers and trucking companies aren’t maintaining their vehicles as prescribed by law. There are many responsible drivers and companies operating on the road, but there are far too many operators and owners who are willing to put others at risk over a mechanical issue that could be easily remedied.
When a trucking company fails to maintain their vehicle, or a driver fails to conduct safety inspections as directed by federal law, they are unnecessarily endangering every motorist they share the road with. Ignoring a mechanical problem or failing to fix something as simple as a bald tire can cause a fatal or injurious truck accident and impact a person’s life forever.
If you have been injured in truck accident involving mechanical failure, you need one of our outstanding Dallas truck accident attorneys on your side, working to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
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