Syracuse, NY- Accidents involving 18 wheelers and other large commercial vehicles can be caused by a number of factors. Those factors can include driver errors such as fatigue, distraction or intoxication, but by far the primary cause of truck accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, can be attributed to equipment failure.

Truck accident attorney Jeff D. DeFrancisco is devoted to helping the victims of truck accidents determine the cause of their accident and recover the maximum amount of injury compensation they are entitled to.

Even when a truck driver has a solid safety record and a great deal of experience, it is difficult, if not impossible, to avoid and accident if their equipment fails. Large commercial vehicles are very complex pieces of machinery and one mechanical or failure can lead to a deadly or harmful traffic accident.

In a Fatal Causation Study conducted by the NHTSA between 2001 and 2003, regulators found 55 percent of trucks involved in accidents that resulted in injury had at least one mechanical failure. The same study also found that at least 30 percent of trucks had at least mechanical or equipment issue which would warrant the truck be taken out of service.

Common Equipment Failure Which Can Result in an Accident:

•             Faulty or poorly maintained brakes

•             Improperly inflated or worn tires

•             Defective or missing safety equipment such as underride guards

•             Improperly functioning or defective lights or turn signals

•             Overall poor maintenance

•             Unbalanced Cargo

•             Transmission Failure

•             Part Manufacturing Defects

Another NHTSA study found that brake failure played the largest role in equipment failure truck accidents. In rear-end or crossover crashed, issues with the truck’s braking system increased the likelihood that a big rig will collide with a vehicle.

Missing or malfunctioning lights and steering system failure are also leading causes of truck accidents and play a role in 19 and 22 percent of truck accidents, respectively, according to data from the NHTSA.

Safety regulations for tractor-trailers and other large trucks have been improved over the decades, however issues with truck maintenance continue to persist. Oftentimes, truck companies can fail to have their equipment and trucks inspected or repaired as dictated by regulations.

While there are many trucking companies that make the necessary repairs and regularly maintain their vehicles, too many companies fail to do so and put other lives at risk. When a trucking company or truck owner fails to properly maintain their vehicles, they are exposing motorists to potential danger. Neglecting to something as simple as changing a bulb or more complex repair such as replacing the braking system may save the truck owner money in the short term, but this negligence could be more costly if a deadly or injurious accident results from their inaction.

When there is a reasonable suspension that equipment failure caused an injurious or deadly accident, it is very important the victim contact me, Jeff DeFrancisco, at my Syracuse office. If you don’t act, crucial evidence from the scene itself and the involved vehicle’s black can be lost.

Mr. DeFrancisco understands the complexities of truck accidents and won’t rest on your case until every party responsible for an untimely death or serious injuries is held accountable and his clients are generously compensated.