Accidents Caused by Improperly Maintained Trucks
Kornfeld Law: Putting Our Experience to Work for You
One of the most common causes of truck accidents on highways across the United States originate from improper or negligent maintenance. These accidents tend to cause some of the most severe injuries and often lead to fatalities due to the sheer size and weight of these dangerous 18-wheelers. At Kornfeld Law, our Seattle team of personal injury attorneys have over 35 years of professional experience and will fight for your best interests to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Contact our firm today at (425) 657-5255 for the guidance, representation, and compassion you need during this time.
Truck Maintenance Regulations
It is mandatory for all truck drivers to perform an inspection of their truck prior to driving to ensure that it is in a safe operating condition. If any problems are discovered, the driver is obligated to report and perform any necessary repairs before taking it on the road. If a driver finds that his or her truck has an unsafe condition while on the road, the truck must be taken to the nearest available place for proper repairs.
Below is a list of some of the most frequently ignored maintenance duties:
- Checking brakes
- Checking tires
- Checking trailer control systems
- Checking operating lights
- Checking fluid levels
The Dangers of Negligent Maintenance
While vehicle owners are responsible for ensuring their cars are in good working order to avoid endangering other motorists or pedestrians on the road, commercial trucks are subjected to more frequent and careful inspections due to the amount of wear and tear they endure. Failing to properly maintain a truck can lead to some serious accidents caused by:
- Brake failures
- Tire blowouts
- Burned out brake lights
If a truck is improperly maintained and ends up involved in an accident due to this negligence, more than one party might be held accountable for resulting injuries and damages. Trucking companies commonly try to evade responsibility by attempting to direct blame at others, such as the driver or manufacturing company and, in turn, those parties try to shift the blame as well. This is why it is crucial to obtain skilled representation as soon as possible to ensure your interests are protected and those who are responsible for the accident are held accountable.
Truck Accident Attorneys in Seattle
Truck accidents often lead to catastrophic, life-altering injuries from which individuals can never fully recover. At Kornfeld Law, our Seattle truck accident attorneys are here to fight for your best interests to ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve. Backed by over 35 years of professional experience, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands with our dedicated and compassionate team. If we cannot win your case, you will not pay us a cent. This gives you the chance to focus on your recovery while we handle the rest.
Contact our firm today at (425) 657-5255 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.