“Failure to Maintain” & Truck Accident Lawsuits in Missouri

Was your truck accident caused by mechanical breakdown?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, enacts and enforces regulations concerning the proper routine maintenance of the commercial semi-trucks that crisscross the country every day. The 18-wheelers that pass through St. Louis on I-70, I-55, I-64, and other highways are generally subject to these and other regulations. There are FMCSA regulations concerning things such as the inspection, maintenance, and repair of semi-trucks. Trucking companies are required to keep maintenance records for at least 30 days, while drivers must perform an inspection of the vehicle before each time it is taken it out on the road and take action to repair any defects that may be discovered. When a truck accident occurs as a result of a failure to maintain the vehicle according to these regulations, the accident victim may have grounds to sue for damages.

Claiming Compensation

The team at Meyerkord & Meyerkord can conduct an exhaustive investigation of your accident to accurately determine the cause, and if a failure to maintain is at the root of the situation, then we are prepared to help you take appropriate legal action by filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim. We take pride in holding drivers and their employers accountable for negligence. By doing so, we not only assist our clients in securing fair compensation for their losses but also serve to make the roads safer for everyone by helping to enforce the FMCSA regulations.

Common Types of Truck Breakdowns

A truck collision can be caused by a failure to maintain equipment in a variety of ways. For example, if the brake pads become worn, it may be difficult or impossible for the truck to stop in order to avoid an accident. Aged tires may suffer tread separation or a sidewall blowout, potentially throwing the vehicle out of control and even causing a truck rollover. Other components that may cause an accident through breakdown include headlights, brake lights, turn signals, windshield wipers, steering lines, the transmission and lubrication, and even the trailer hitch.

Request a free, no-obligation consultation with a Missouri truck accident lawyer from Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC today.