It can be mind boggling to think about how many vehicles are out on America’s highways, but it’s downright scary to think about how many of those vehicles are not operating properly because of deferred maintenance and outright vehicle neglect. These are ticking time bombs out on our roadways and they represent accidents waiting to happen. The scariest situation of all is a neglected large commercial truck or tractor trailer, and these vehicles cause serious accidents every year.
For the same reasons that you as a homeowner may wait to replace an ailing appliance, or wait to paint your house until the summer even though it needs it now, trucking companies will wait to replace or upgrade parts and trucks. The most common reason to defer maintenance is cash flow related, and companies or owners that don’t have the money won’t do the work needed. Just because you defer maintenance or the replacement of parts, doesn’t mean that you are breaking the law. Parts could need replacing but still operate for some time, but that decision needs to be made for the right reasons, and not having enough capital to complete the replacement is not a good enough reason. Once certain safety thresholds are crossed and lives are endangered, the vehicle owner has become negligent. When this negligence is committed by the owner or operator of a large commercial truck, the consequences can prove fatal.
There are laws and regulations for the trucking industry that require the vehicles to be inspected periodically. These inspections don’t cover every important or possibly dangerous system in the truck, and they are usually completed at weight stations. Less morally sound truckers will avoid these scales in an attempt to avoid inspection, and this is how neglected trucks stay on America’s highways.
If you have been involved in an accident with a large truck, its possible that vehicle maintenance (or lack thereof) played a part! An experienced Sacramento truck accident lawyer has the litigators and investigators that you need to ensure that responsible parties are held accountable. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Sacramento, call our Sacramento truck accident lawyer for a free consultation today.