As part of their legal (and moral) obligations to be diligent professionals and reduce the risk of truck accidents in any way they can, truck drivers and trucking companies are required to maintain the commercial trucks they own and to make sure that these trucks are in good working order before taking (or sending) them out onto the roadways with other motorists. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that the owners of commercial trucks:
- Systematically inspect, repair and maintain their trucks.
- Make sure that any and all truck parts that affect the safe operation of the vehicle are working properly prior to driving that vehicle.
- Maintain records of truck inspections and past truck maintenance that has been conducted.
- Maintain records of future scheduled inspections and necessary maintenance that should be done in order to keep the trucks working safely.
- Keep these maintenance records for at least 1 year (or for 6 months if the vehicle has been sold).
Truck Maintenance Requirements
Some of the vital parts and systems of trucks that owners and drivers of these vehicles are required to regularly inspect (and, when necessary, get replaced, fixed or maintained) include (but are not limited to):
- Brakes (including the trailer brakes, the parking brake, etc.)
- Steering systems
- Indicators, brake lights, and reflectors
- Windshield wipers and mirrors
- Coupling devices.
Failure to Maintain Trucks: Who May Be to Blame
When vehicle equipment failures on trucks occur and cause truck accidents, any of the following parties may be held responsible for compensating accident victims for their medical bills, irreversible injuries, lost wages, property damage, mental suffering, etc.:
- The truck driver who may have failed to inspect the truck prior to driving it, who may have overlooked obvious indications that a vital piece of the truck’s equipment was broken/in poor condition and/or who recognized that a piece of the truck’s equipment needed to be fixed or replaced and, yet, failed to get this maintenance done.
- The trucking company that employed a negligent truck driver (as described above), that failed to maintain its trucks, that failed to ensure that its trucks were equipped with essential safety gear (like reflectors and underride guardrails), etc.
- The mechanic and/or repair shop that may have failed to conduct the proper maintenance, replaced one malfunctioning part with another faulty part, etc.
- The equipment manufacturer that may have poorly designed the defective part, that may have manufactured the part with shoddy or cheap materials, that may have failed to test the safety of the part, etc.
Denver Truck Accident Attorney D. Chadwick Calvert Is Here For You
At D. Chadwick Calvert LLC, our Denver truck accident attorney is dedicated to helping people and doing whatever it takes to get them the compensation they deserve. Since 1987, Attorney D. Chadwick Calvert has been working tirelessly to champion victims’ rights at every stage of their case. He knows what it takes to take care of his clients, and he is:
- An experienced litigator and negotiator who is effective at standing up to insurers, defense lawyers, etc.
- Committed to helping truck accident victims obtain the best possible outcomes in their cases
- Skilled at helping them obtain the maximum possible financial awards for their injuries and losses.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a truck accident or in any type of motor vehicle accident, Denver Truck Accident Attorney D. Chadwick Calvert invites you to attend a free initial consult to learn more about your legal rights and possible entitlements. You can contact our firm by calling (720) 457-9074 or by emailing us. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.