Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are essential for the transportation of goods across the country every day. Their enormous size and weight pose a particularly dangerous threat to other drivers however. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were a staggering 78,000 truck crashes leading to injuries in 2005. Additionally, there were almost 5,000 fatal crashes in the same year involving trucks. Because of the great potential for destruction that trucks of this size carry, it is important for trucking companies to maintain well-running vehicles that are not likely to be affected by malfunctions or defects. Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors, these dangers persist.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a defective or malfunctioning commercial truck, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. Contact the Lake Geneva truck malfunction attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today.
Just as you must regularly have your vehicle inspected and maintenance performed, trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure that their vehicles are inspected and maintained properly. Inadequate oversight can create a dangerous situation in which one or more components of a truck may be susceptible to failure. Some of the most common causes of accidents involving semi-trucks include:
These are particularly hazardous because they can compromise a trucker’s ability to control his or her vehicle, often in dramatic fashion.
Truck manufacturers and trucking companies each play a role in ensuring that commercial trucks are fit for roadway use. When they are lax in their oversight of vehicles, innocent others such as you may be left to suffer the consequences. Contact the Lake Geneva truck part defect attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874.