Semi trucks, eighteen wheelers, and tractor-trailers are much more dangerous than the average passenger vehicle. The immense size, weight and mass of a commercial truck makes proper maintenance and repair essential for truck safety out on Connecticut roads and highways. If a truck’s key components and systems are not inspected on a regular basis, the risk of a serious truck accident increases. In fact, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) estimates that negligent maintenance plays a role in more than one quarter of all truck accidents.
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident anywhere in Connecticut, contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP today and speak with a trusted and highly experienced Ridgefield truck accident attorney.
The truck driver and the motor carrier company are both responsible for ensuring that a commercial truck is cleared for safe travel. Drivers must review the inspection reports made by the previous driver of any given truck, and are required to ensure that all necessary repairs indicated on the report are addressed. It is very important that safety checks and routine maintenance are performed on a regular basis.
Drivers must perform routine inspections of their vehicle at the beginning and end of every work day to further ensure safe operation, which include but are not limited to the following:
In addition to driver inspections, trucking companies are required to have annual inspections performed by outside agencies. A truck in need of maintenance cannot be allowed out on the open road. Unfortunately, in an effort to compete with other companies and meet strict delivery deadlines, some motor carriers continue to use trucks that have failed to pass routine maintenance inspections.
Ultimately, motor carrier companies are responsible for the condition of all of their trucks. When a truck accident occurs because of negligent maintenance, the motor carrier can potentially be held liable in addition to the driver. Our experienced Connecticut truck accident attorneys at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP will thoroughly investigate your truck accident, gathering the necessary evidence we need to hold every negligent party accountable for your losses.
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, or surrounding areas of Connecticut, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Connecticut lawyers.
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