St. Louis, Missouri Improper Maintenance Attorney Lawyer
Improper Maintenance on Trucks | Improper Maintenance on Automobiles, Cars and Motor Vehicles
Accidents Caused by Improper Maintenance
Before any truck goes on the road, a trucking company and a truck driver have a duty to ensure that it is in proper working order. A semi-truck racks up tens of thousands of miles every year, and many things routinely go wrong with the vehicle. When trucking companies fail to maintain the brakes, steering mechanisms, defrost blowers, lights and other important parts of the truck, you and your family’s safety are in serious jeopardy.
Improper Maintenance Issues
Given the amount of miles that trucks travel every year, it is not suprising that mechanical problems like brake failure and shredded tires frequently occur. That is why trucking companies and drivers must diligently inspect trucks and perform routine truck maintenance before they go out on the road and before they begin driving on any trip. Simple problems like bad windshield wipers could easily become a serious problem.
Evidence of improper truck maintenance through trip inspection logs, maintenance records, and signs of excessive wear on brakes or tires can make the decisive difference in your case. Sometimes we can guess that the defendant skipped regular maintenance work because of the difficulty we experience in getting repair records or through its insurer’s eagerness to settle the case early. Eventually, we will get the information we need to prove and collect the full value of your damages and losses.
Your safety should not be in jeopardy because of a driver’s careless inspection or maintenance of a truck. After each stop, a semi-truck driver needs to make a quick inspection of the mechanics of the vehicle. A simple walk around inspection of the truck could catch potentially deadly problems such as a truck’s defective fifth wheel, defective lights, or other safety options. In order to save time and make deliver times shorter, drivers often skip this simple step. Our lawyers will hold the negligent parties accountable for their conduct, and get you compensation for your injuries.
Determining the Cause of the Accident
In order to recover damages, you need to find out who was at fault. Many things may have caused your accident, including improper truck maintenance, a reckless driver, driver fatigue, or a careless vehicle inspection. A trucking company has a duty to hire qualified and competent drivers to haul their freight. They have a duty to ensure that drivers follow all safety regulations. When they learn of a mechanical problem with a truck, they have a duty to fix it.
Do Not Delay – Contact Us Today
In order to protect evidence, and preserve your lawsuit, it is critical to begin investigating your case immediately. Evidence and witnesses can disappear. It is important to document the important information in your case soon after your accident. You should not delay in contacting one of our attorneys at 314.729.0803. We will begin investigating your case immediately.
For more information about your case, and getting the money you deserve after an auto, car or trucking accident, Contact Us at The Law Offices of Stephen J. Hoffmann.