There are many causes for motor vehicle collisions. Sometimes a collision occurs because a driver is negligent and makes poor decisions, and sometimes a collision is a freak accident. Other times, negligent choices made off the road can cause a collision.
On average there are around 100,000 large truck and bus crashes that result in injuries across the country every year. In Illinois, there over 17,000 large truck crashes annually. Over 100 of these crashes are fatal. Poor truck maintenance is often a contributing factor to these accidents. Chicago is a major city with many large trucks utilizing its roadways, leading to a large number of the state’s truck accidents taking place in the Chicago area.
It is the responsibility of a truck owner to maintain the vehicle’s safety. This means ensuring the truck is compliant with safety regulations and is operated in a manner that does not pose a threat to others on the road. Failure to keep up with a vehicle’s maintenance may result in the owner being liable for injuries if an accident occurs.
If a truck belongs to a large company, it is the company’s responsibility to ensure the truck is maintained in proper working order. Failing to do so may lead to the company’s liability following a collision if injuries occur to a victim because of maintenance issues.
The following are some common maintenance issues that can cause accidents.
Tire blowouts, though quite common with large trucks, can be prevented. A tire blowout when traveling at high speeds can be deadly. When a tire blows it can cause the driver to lose control. The truck can flip and may collide with other vehicles on the road. This danger is heightened with large trucks because their large size can cause substantial impact with other smaller vehicles.
Given trucks larger weights, heaving driving schedules, and numerous wheels, they are more susceptible to tire blowouts. It is vitally important for drivers to ensure tires are properly inflated at all times by frequently checking pressure levels. It is also important to change tires when they become too old or damaged. Vigilant checks for tire damage will also help prevent accidents.
Headlights, taillights, and turn signals often burn out with little warning. Ensuring that these lights are maintained is important for everyone’s safety.
Without working headlights, other vehicles may not see an oncoming truck. If a truck’s brake lights are not working, vehicles behind the truck will not be able to tell when the truck is braking which can lead to accidents. Turn signals put other vehicles on notice to a truck’s intent to change lanes or turn. Without this warning other vehicles may not give the truck enough space to properly make maneuvers, causing accidents.
Brakes may be one of the most important features on a vehicle. Without brakes, an accident is inevitable as a vehicle that is unable to stop will rear end other vehicles or pass through intersections when it is unsafe to do so. When a driver fails to keep up with maintenance, brakes may not work properly or may fail entirely. Eventually worn out brakes will be irreparably damaged and require a replacement.
The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. have experience representing the victims of truck accident crashes. If you were injured in a truck accident caused by poor maintenance, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
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If your life has been negatively impacted by a truck accident in the Chicago area, call us at Abels & Annes, P.C. today. Do not allow yourself to continue suffering due to the mistakes of another driver; call us today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve. Alternatively, feel free to contact us online.