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