Semi-trucks pose a threat to other motorists in a number of ways. As we have discussed previously on the blog, tired, fatigued, distracted and intoxicated motorists can certainly put others in harm’s way, but when it comes to big rigs, even a lack of maintenance can create a dangerous situation.
Semi-truck inspection requirements
That’s why semi-trucks are supposed to be subjected to routine inspections. In fact, truckers are supposed to conduct a post-trip inspection where they identify and defects or deficiencies that could impact the safe operation of the rig. The trucker’s employer is then supposed to correct those issues before releasing the truck for further operation.
In addition to those checks, semi-trucks are required to undergo a yearly inspection. This inspection should address every component of the rig, including its tires, steering and braking systems, lights, and windshield and windshield wipers. All of these inspection should be properly documented.
Why this matters to you
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, then you need to be prepared to build the thorough case necessary to position yourself for success. That may mean trying to prove that a driver was negligent when operating his or her truck, but it might also mean that improper inspection and maintenance caused the truck to be dangerous, thereby causing your accident. Therefore, as you work to build your personal injury case, it might be a good idea for you subpoena the truck company’s inspection records so that you can see if you have an argument to make there.
Seeking legal recourse in the aftermath of a truck accident can be stressful and confusing. An experienced attorney can help the injured understand their options for seeking compensation after a terrible accident.