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Trucking Accidents

Truck Accident Attorneys

Commercial trucks like tractor-trailers, big rigs, and eighteen-wheelers can weigh up to 20 times as much as the average passenger vehicle. When a passenger vehicle is involved in an accident with a commercial truck, the chance that there will be fatality or serious injury is substantially increased.

Although commercial truck drivers are professionals who have special training and must adhere to special safety regulations, many truckers and the companies they work for ignore potential safety hazards. When safety hazards go unchecked, people can end up getting hurt.

Poor or Improper Truck Maintenance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truck companies to complete the following safety checks. Failure to properly maintenance a commercial truck can be grounds for legal action. Truck carriers are expected to:

  • Complete a pre-trip inspection to ensure safe condition of the truck and cargo.
  • Review and sign the most current vehicle inspection report and verify that needed repairs were made.
  • Consistently inspect, repair, and maintain all trucks within their control.
  • Complete an end-of-the-day inspection and written report to document any new defects or deficiencies discovered during a trucks’ use.

Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents

  • Brake Failure: Because of their size, trucks require more time and room to brake. Poor maintenance can cause a truck’s brakes to fail when they are needed most.
  • Defective Head & Tail Lights: Functioning head and tail lights are an important aspect of commercial truck safety. When the head and tail lights of a truck malfunction, it can make entire stretches of highway dangerous to travel on.
  • Tire Defects: The tires used on commercial trucks usually wear out much quicker than the tires on passenger vehicles. If a company doesn’t frequently monitor the condition of the tires on their trucks, it can result in tread separation and blowouts.
  • Rear Guard Failure: The metal bar on the back of a commercial truck is called a “rear guard.” Although these devices are supposed to be a safety feature, they can fail to work when hit by a vehicle traveling faster than 35mph.
  • Partially Loaded Cargo: Liquids that are partially loaded can slosh back and forth, upsetting the truck’s center of gravity and making it more likely to rollover.
  • Unsecured Cargo: Loose cargo poses a danger to other drivers on the road and increases the likelihood of the truck overturning.

Talk to Our Denver Team. Call (303) 578-4114 Today

At Elkus & Sisson, we strive to help accident victims obtain the compensation and justice that they deserve. With nearly two decades of legal experience, we have gained a stellar reputation for providing professional and courteous one-on-one services. If you or loved has been involved in a truck accident, it is important that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Contact our Denver team of truck accident attorneys to discuss your case today.

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