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Poor truck maintenance can cause serious car accidents

Semi-trucks, when driven improperly, can be extremely dangerous. A fatigued, intoxicated or distracted trucker can swerve into oncoming traffic or fail to stop at a traffic light, slamming into another vehicle. Because of their sheer size, these vehicles can cause an enormous amount of damage, leaving other motorists in California with serious injuries. In the worst cases, when semi trucks collide with other motorists it can result in loss of life.

Yet, negligent operation isn't the only way that semi-trucks can pose a risk. Federal regulations seek to ensure that these massive vehicles are properly maintained. However, truck companies don't always live up to the expectation. Generally speaking, truck companies should routinely inspect their fleet and make necessary repairs. Trucks should be maintained in safe working condition at all times.

Truckers play a part in ensuring that trucks remain in safe working order. Regulations mandate that, at the end of each driving day, truckers must complete a checklist that seeks to identify any defects or deficiencies that require attention. If issues are identified, then the motor carrier must fix it before the truck can be driven, or sign a report indicating that the repair is unnecessary. All of these inspection reports, in addition to other regulation-mandated inspection reports, must be retained.

Although truckers and their employers can be penalized for failing to abide by these regulations, they often cut corners for the sake of time and money. Sadly, this often puts innocent motorists in harm's way. Those who find themselves injured in a truck accident should consider taking legal action. In the aftermath of these accidents, accountability should be established and compensation should be pursued. Professionals are available to aggressively fight for both.




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