Large commercial trucks are a significant presence on the roadways in Ohio. These vehicles ensure that our residents have the goods they need to get through their daily lives. However, large commercial truck accidents caused by poor truck maintenance regularly occur. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we are here to help if you need a Cleveland truck accident attorney. We will investigate every aspect of your case and work to determine whether the truck company properly maintained their vehicles before allowing them to be driven on the roadway.

Trucking companies must maintain their vehicles

According to regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucking companies must regularly inspect and maintain each vehicle. Due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, any accident caused by improper or poor maintenance could have devastating consequences for those on the roadway.

Some of the most common defects of poorly-maintained commercial trucks include the following:

  • Truck brake failure: Vehicles as large and heavy as commercial trucks must continually have their brakes maintained. If a braking failure is caused by a lack of inspections or maintenance, those responsible could be ordered to pay compensation to those affected.
  • Tire blowouts: Trucking companies and drivers are responsible for inspecting, maintaining, and replacing tires in accordance with both state and federal regulations. Tires that are deflated or worn can blow out on the roadway and lead to significant damages or injuries.
  • Burned out headlights, tail lights, or brake lights: Any malfunctioning light on a large commercial truck could cause significant problems on the roadway. All lights and reflectors can affect a commercial truck’s visibility and other driver’s ability to predict the movement of the commercial truck.
  • Improperly loaded cargo or overloaded truck: The FMCSA publishes rules for how cargo should be secured on a commercial truck. Anytime the cargo of large commercial truck shifts or falls, it could throw off the vehicle balance and cause serious accidents. Often, accidents are caused by improper loading or by overloading the truck in an effort to increase profits.
  • Loose wheels: It is crucial that trucking companies regularly inspect their wheels to ensure that they are secure and up-to-date. If there is a worn-out tire rod or axle, this could cause the wheel to loosen and even fall off while the truck is moving. Accidents caused by loose wheels can be devastating.

Call our truck accident lawyers for a free consultation of your case

If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident caused by the poor maintenance of a commercial truck, contact Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers for help with your case. We have extensive experience helping truck injury victims all over Ohio. Our goal is to secure full compensation for our clients’ losses, which can include:

  • Crash-related medical expenses
  • Lost wages if a victim cannot work
  • Household out-of-pocket expenses
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the trucking company

When you need a Cleveland truck accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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