Semi-trucks are vital to the nation, transporting goods and produce around the country. However, these trucks are large and imposing, with many drivers afraid to be near them while traveling. Unfortunately, accidents involving these trucks can be catastrophic and fatal. In some instances, they are completely avoidable as they are caused by maintenance issues. If you were involved in an accident with a semi, you need the assistance of a Sacramento truck accident lawyer. They can guide you through this legal matter to help you to receive the compensation you deserve.
What Are Common Maintenance Issues Trucks Experience?
There are a number of common maintenance issues that can lead to accidents. Understanding how they can impact you is vital to protecting yourself.
One of the most common issues with large trucks is tire blowouts. When tires are not maintained, such as ensuring they are at the correct pressure, they can rapidly lose all air. As such, this can cause the driver or the truck to lose control of the vehicle, leading to an accident. Other common causes of blowouts include balding tires, an unaligned front end, or untreated punctures.
Another issue that can lead to accidents is poorly maintained brakes. Unfortunately, when brake pads or lines are not maintained or replaced when they are worn, it can lead to a tragic accident.
However, these are not the only issues. Accidents can also be caused by failure to ensure that fluid levels are met, electrical issues, or problems with the engine.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Damages?
It’s essential to understand who can be held liable for the damages incurred because of poor truck maintenance. Most commonly, the driver will be responsible for the injuries. In many instances, drivers have a checklist of things they must check before hitting the road. If they notice an issue and ignore it or do not look at the checklist, they are liable for the injuries.
However, if the driver reports the issue to their employer, but their employer does not take steps to remedy the problem, they can be held responsible for the injuries.
Finally, in rare instances, a third party can be held liable. For example, if a driver reports a problem to their employer, who brings the truck to a mechanic, the mechanic can be held responsible if they did not fix the problem before deeming the vehicle safe for the road.
At the Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes, we understand how devastating accidents involving trucks can be. As such, we are dedicated to doing everything possible to help you receive the compensation you deserve at the hands of a negligent party. Contact us today to learn how we can help you by setting up a free consultation with a member of our competent legal team.