Unlike passenger vehicle cars, trucks that operate for commercial purposes must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis to ensure they are in safe and working condition. Unfortunately, there are companies out there that allow their trucks to be taken out on the road despite the condition they are in. When they do this, not only are the lives of those operating the truck put at risk but also the other motorists who are sharing the roadway with them. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that “serious vehicle defects triple the risk of being involved in a crash.”
Now, because there are more defective trucks out on the roads and not enough officers and inspectors to catch them, these defects and mechanical issues continue to go unnoticed, that is, until an accident occurs or the vehicle is finally inspected. Some of the most common defects and/or mechanical issues that have led to truck crashes occurring include:
- Bad brakes. If you weren’t aware, large trucks require much more time to stop than the average passenger vehicle. That means that if they must stop for traffic that has slowed down or to avoid hitting a driver who cut in front of them, they will take longer to do so which is why so many rear-end wrecks occur involving these vehicles. However, when you couple together a truck that requires more time to stop with defective brakes, there is a much higher chance that that truck is going to engage in a collision and many who choose to operate under these conditions often do. Aside from the fact that bad brakes make it more difficult for a truck driver to stop in time, they also make driving more dangerous especially when the roads are wet or slippery.
- Fuel leaks. When a truck is operating with rotted fuel lines and gasoline or diesel fuel spills onto hot engine parts, it can cause a vehicle to catch fire, according to How Stuff Works. Fuel leaks can be especially dangerous for those operating tanker trucks that are used to transport flammable contents or other hazardous materials that shouldn’t be exposed to fuel. Now, when a truck is not properly maintained and isn’t taken in for maintenance work when needed, it can be hard to determine if there is a fuel leak which is why this defect can lead to a collision unexpectedly occurring.
- Worn down tires. The tires of a vehicle serve as its foundation. When the foundation is worn down and/or not maintained, at some point, it is going to fail at doing its job, which is holding up the truck. Worn down tires can lead to tire blowouts which could potentially cause the truck to flip and roll or even collide into a vehicle traveling nearby.
- Burned out headlights, taillights, or brake lights. A truck’s headlights, taillights, and brake lights play an important role when the truck is being utilized. These lights help notify drivers when the truck is stopping and if a truck is traveling behind them when it is dark or raining outside. When a truck’s lights are inoperable, whether it is because they just burned out or haven’t been replaced, it can lead to more collisions.
Unfortunately, because many companies and truckers continue to drive defective vehicles knowing they pose as a threat to themselves and others sharing the road, many lives are taken or impacted when an accident occurs.
If you have been involved in a wreck in Nashville, TN with a truck that had defective parts or mechanical issues, you may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the company and/or driver given one or more parties was negligent in some way. The fact is, had the vehicle been serviced and inspected as thoroughly and as often as it should have been, there is a chance the accident would not have occurred. This means that you stand a greater chance at obtaining the compensation you might need to cover the cost of the medical expenses that have accrued along with other damages such as pain and suffering and even for the loss of income if you weren’t able to work.
To learn more about filing a personal injury lawsuit in Nashville, TN as well as what you might be entitled to collect for the injuries you sustained, contact a Nashville, TN truck crash lawyer as soon as possible. Each state does have a set amount of time in which you are permitted to file a personal injury lawsuit so you will want to make it a priority to meet with a lawyer ensure yours is filed in a timely manner.