Some Types of Truck Defects and Their Effects

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

There are different factors that contribute to large commercial trucks: negligent hiring, driver error and improper cargo loading are just a fews of these – all, by the way, are examples of acts of negligence that can result in serious accidents and injuries to the truck driver himself/herself and other motorists. There is another major cause of truck accidents that is rarely noticed, though: a defective or malfunctioning truck part.

Tires, axles, steering column, brakes, coupling and trailer doors are parts of a truck that have the potential to malfunction or be defective. These parts, of course, should be able to withstand the rigorous demands of this type of vehicle; however, without regular inspection and proper maintenance, any of these parts can break down and fail. Sometimes, though, it is the truck part that is actually manufactured defectively – a mistake that often happens in the manufacture of tires, and though there are regulations or standards established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and equipment tests, there are manufacturing firms that overlook these the regulations and fail to conduct the tests, leading to devastating accidents.

  • These defects and their effects include the following:
    Failed Tires. Some of the very dangerous involving truck tires are tire blowout and tread separation. Using retreaded tires or failure to inspect tires can render a trucking company liable for whatever damages may result due to equipment failure.
  • Failed Brakes. If the brakes of a truck fail to work, the truck can rear-end and plow through many vehicles in front of it. This can easily result to crashed and exploding vehicles, which can cause deaths and/or very serious injuries.
  • Missing Mirrors. It is bad enough that trucks have blind spots or areas where smaller vehicles are hardly noticed by truck drivers. Not having side mirrors, which will still make it possible for truck drivers to hopefully notice cars and other smaller vehicles, would be like luring other drivers to suicidal acts.
  • Missing Lights. For very large vehicles, such as semi-trailers, also called big rigs or 18-wheelers, warning lights and flares are very essential for safe driving. Missing lights will render even trucks invisible at night, making devastating accidents very likely events.

Driving an 18-wheeler can be a very treacherous task, but it can be even more dangerous if the vehicle or any of its parts are marred by a defect or suffer a malfunction and, even though truck drivers go through extensive training to prepare themselves to drive these vehicles safely, there is little that can be done to anticipate a defect or malfunction. Filing a civil lawsuit against the negligent manufacturer (of the defective truck part) may be appropriate to seek financial compensation in the event of a truck accident.

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