Can negligent maintenance be a factor in truck accidents?

Posted On December 21 2020 | Blog,Firm News,Trucking Accidents

If a truck is not properly maintained, it may be at a higher risk of tire, brake or other significant defects. These defects may make it harder for a vehicle to stop, slow down or take evasive action to avoid a collision while traveling on a Colorado highway.

Why would a truck driver operate a defective vehicle?

In some cases, a driver might be legitimately unaware that his or her vehicle has worn brakes, defective lights or other serious issues. However, individuals may decide to put off performing required maintenance because they don’t believe that they have the time or money to do so.

How can you prove that a vehicle wasn’t properly maintained?

Commercial vehicle owners must keep detailed maintenance records. An attorney may be able to obtain a copy of these records to determine if the owner of the truck that collided with your vehicle complied with inspection and other maintenance regulations. At a minimum, commercial trucks must have an inspection at least once per year. Furthermore, they should also undergo an inspection before and after each delivery to ensure that there are no serious issues that could jeopardize the safety of other motorists.

Don’t forget about the other elements of negligence

Failing to adequately maintain a commercial truck may make its owner or operator liable for damages in a motor vehicle accident case. However, it is important to understand that violating a duty of care to others is only one part of a negligence case. In addition, you must be able to show that a truck owner or operator’s actions caused you to incur a financial loss. You could do this by introducing medical bills or an estimate from an auto body shop to repair your vehicle after a collision with the defendant’s truck.

If you were injured in an accident involving a defective commercial vehicle, it may be possible to obtain compensation for your injuries. An attorney may be able to review your case and take steps to negotiate a favorable settlement in the matter.