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Atlanta Commercial Vehicle Lawyer for Maintenance-Related Accidents

Trucking accidents are serious, complicated, and potentially life-changing, but after an incident an Atlanta commercial vehicle lawyer can help. Trucking accident victims often face a very difficult road to recovery, if full recovery is even possible. Fortunately, the law is on your side. Negligent truckers, trucking companies, manufacturers, and other various parties can be held liable for your injuries and for the damages they cause.

Whenever a semi-truck or tractor-trailer (“commercial truck”) is involved in an accident, suspicion typically falls immediately upon the driver. Semi-trucks are large and heavy, which makes them exceptionally dangerous to any vehicles and pedestrians around them. While many accidents are indeed caused by driver error, sometimes a mechanical problem or failure is blame. When the negligent failure to inspect or maintain a commercial truck causes an accident, the people or entities responsible for maintaining the truck may be held legally liable for any damages caused in an accident.

If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, contact an Atlanta commercial vehicle lawyer at Gilormo Injury Law for help with your claims, even before you speak with your insurance company.

Commercial Trucking Accidents Caused by Negligent Maintenance 

A negligently maintained commercial truck can cause serious problems that result in devastating truck accidents. In fact, our Atlanta commercial vehicle lawyer team believes poorly maintained trucks are some of the most dangerous factors facing motorists in Georgia. Some of the most common maintenance problems that contribute to commercial truck accidents include:

  • Overloading
  • Underloading
  • Unbalanced loading
  • Worn or incorrectly inflated tires
  • Faulty or failed brakes
  • Trailer hitch failures
  • Steering column problems
  • Broken headlights, turn lights, or other signal lights
  • Unsecured cargo or parts falling from the vehicle
  • Tire blowouts and shredded tires
  • Lack of reflective tape
  • Failure to install blind spot mirrors
  • Defective couplings

Commercial Trucks Need Regular Maintenance and Repairs

All vehicles need routine maintenance and care, and commercial trucks are no exception. Unlike passenger vehicles, whose owners may choose to ignore routine maintenance such as regular oil changes, wiper fluid refills, and checking tire pressure, state and federal laws require commercial trucks to be inspected and maintained. Our Atlanta commercial vehicle lawyer team is well-versed in these laws and regulations.

Commercial trucks are more mechanically complicated than most other vehicles. Not only do commercial trucks weigh 20 to 30 times more than most passenger vehicles, but they also require unique training and particular expertise to maintain and operate. Commercial trucks typically have multiple forward and reverse gears, and many commercial trucks have up to 18 gears. Commercial truck dashboards are covered with levers, switches, gauges, signals, and other instrumentation required to manage various mechanical parts. Lacking proper training, operating, maintaining, and repairing these vehicles is impractical to impossible.

Given their mechanical complexity, it is no surprise that commercial truck maintenance and repairs are legally regulated. Drivers, owners, and repair/maintenance companies that maintain and repair commercial trucks all have a responsibility to ensure that the truck is operationally safe before hitting the road and may all share liability if the vehicle is negligently maintained. 

Federal Regulations Requiring Maintenance and Repairs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates interstate commercial trucking. This federal agency has created a comprehensive set of rules designed to ensure that all commercial vehicles are properly inspected and maintained.

For example, the FMCSA requires truckers to conduct a vehicle inspection before driving the truck on any trip. The FMCSA also requires the truck driver to also perform a post-trip inspection. These inspections are designed to identify most mechanical issues before they become a problem out on the road.

The FMCSA also requires truck owners and drivers to keep thorough records of all inspections, repairs, and maintenance work. It is important to contact an Atlanta commercial vehicle lawyer at Gilormo Injury Law immediately after a truck accident so that we can examine these records before they are altered, destroyed, or “lost.”

Trucking companies and commercial truck owners are required to keep these records for at least one year while the vehicle is in use, and for at least six months after a vehicle is sold or transferred. Failure to preserve these records may subject the owner to liability for any injuries or damage caused by the owner’s failure to inspect, maintain, or repair the vehicle.

Who is Responsible for Truck Maintenance? 

Lack of communication over who is responsible for maintenance is one of the biggest reasons there are so many issues regarding improper maintenance. Truck drivers are in the best position to notice any problems because they drive the commercial truck for so many hours, but are usually not in the position to repair the problems on their own. 

However, trucking companies have the ability to take a commercial truck off the road and have the facilities to provide proper maintenance and repairs, but typically do not have the ability to notice potential issues without being alerted by the drivers. Unfortunately, this type of teamwork results in less transport for the trucking company and fewer hours for the driver. Thus, all parties are financially incentivized to simply ignore a maintenance issue until it is too late.

Determining Fault in a Trucking Accident with the Help of an Atlanta Commercial Vehicle Lawyer

Determining liability for a commercial truck accident is more complex than it is for typical vehicle accidents because there are more parties potentially involved, including:

  • The truck driver
  • The truck owner
  • The trucking company
  • The person or entity that leased the truck from the owner
  • The truck maintenance company
  • The truck manufacturer
  • The shipping or loading company
  • The passenger vehicle driver

State and federal laws regulate not only vehicle maintenance and repairs, but also truck accidents. Along with any given state’s department of transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration determine and enforce trucking laws and regulations.

Several federal regulations exist to aid in determining liability. Any company that owns a trucking permit is responsible for all accidents involving a truck that has its name displayed on the vehicle. 

Call an Atlanta Commercial Vehicle Lawyer at Gilormo Injury Law if You’ve Been Involved in a Trucking Accident

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, contact an Atlanta trucking accident lawyer who will stand by you and get you the compensation you deserve. At Gilormo Injury Law, our only concern is obtaining the best possible result for you. We serve clients in all of Greater Atlanta, including Roswell, Canton, and Cumming.  Call us at 770-874-7054 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.

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