Health professionals recommend annual physicals for all individuals as a means to check for any issues that may need addressing. The same is recommended for personal vehicles. To ensure safe transportation, all vehicles should be maintained regularly.
When it comes to commerce, several modes of transportation traverse our roads and highways, and we expect them all to be roadworthy. Whether it be school buses to large tractor trailers, we all want to feel safe on the road.
Unfortunately, the vehicles that can cause the most devastating accidents are massive tractor trailers. Their sizes alone can cause irreparable damage when involved in an accident. Each year, there are approximately 4,000 fatal crashes involving large trucks, and another 75,000 victims injured. Therefore, what would you say if you discovered that the reason a truck caused catastrophic injury in your particular case was because it was not maintained and was a ticking time bomb to cause harm?
If you were involved in an accident with a truck and suspect the cause to be improper maintenance, you may have a viable legal avenue to pursue. Involving an experienced personal injury attorney will enable you to weigh your options which could lead to significant compensation for injuries suffered.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has an extensive policy regarding the requirements of safe transportation on our roads. Typically, in the interests of the bottom line and money over safety, these mandates are often ignored and, in the eyes of the law, violated.
Four of the expectations that are commonly violated include the following:
- Driver fatigue, which can lead to accidents caused by rest periods not being obeyed;
- A driver is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol;
- The load on a truck is over the weight limit; or
- A vehicle is poorly maintained.
Often, the reason for these incidents occurring is the interests of profits over common sense and safety. What is not taken seriously is the severe impact any one of these conditions can have on innocent lives. Regular inspections are a legal requirement. If violated, serious injuries to innocent lives can result.
Careless shortcuts on large tractor-trailers can lead to a myriad of equipment failures which can mean dire consequences on the road. Examples of negligent care resulting in serious failures might include:
- Brake failure;
- Faulty interior engine parts;
- Tire pressure issues leading to a risk of a blowout;
- Impaired visibility due to faulty mirrors, wipers or windows; and
- Reduced steering capability.
While it may seem difficult to pinpoint how poor maintenance can lead to equipment failure, retaining the services of a personal injury attorney who is experienced with these types of cases is recommended. An experienced attorney can conduct thorough investigations of an accident scene, maintenance records, and other important information needed to determine which parties are responsible.
Experienced Legal Help
A concerted commitment is what you expect and deserve from your legal counsel. The legal team from Shapiro & Appleton is made up of seasoned attorneys you can trust and who will work diligently to get you the damages you deserve.
Going forward with a case where you have been injured in an accident involving a truck may mean going up against a business — possibly a large corporate trucking company with significant resources. This is why is it so important that you have experienced North Carolina truck accident attorney on your side, looking out for your best interests. Contact our office to set up free case evaluation.
An experienced personal injury attorney with dual licensure in Virginia and North Carolina, Eric Washburn received a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University—initially worked in the information technology field before obtaining his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Once an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Danville, Va., Eric has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” Super Lawyer in Virginia since 2014.