Inadequate Maintenance and Inspection

Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys Helping People Injured because of Poor Truck Maintenance

Holding commercial trucking companies in Atlanta and Savannah accountable for the condition of their vehicles

Georgia’s roadways see a massive number of tractor-trailers and other large trucks utilized in the in- and out-of-state transport of goods and products. Though the presence of these hazardous vehicles is unavoidable, truck drivers and the companies for which they work have a responsibility to do everything in their power to minimize the risk they pose. Much of this risk management involves proper training of drivers and ensuring that drivers adhere to regulations and traffic laws. However, failure to properly inspect or maintain a truck can cause or worsen an accident on the roadway.

Harris Lowry Manton LLP is a law firm with a proven track record of success in holding truck companies accountable to their duty to keep the roadways as safe as possible. Our skilled Atlanta truck accident attorneys fight to obtain just compensation for individuals whose lives are impacted by a collision with a truck. If you or your loved one was injured in a truck accident, our team is standing by to represent you.

Minimum requirements for truck maintenance and inspection

Truck companies must ensure that their vehicles are safe to traverse long distances without posing undue risk to drivers and passengers in proximate vehicles, and in the truck itself. When an accident happens, the qualified Atlanta truck accident attorneys at HLM consult all relevant maintenance and inspection records to determine whether the victims’ injuries were caused or worsened by the truck driver or company’s failure to meet upkeep requirements.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, part 396, require that tractor-trailer operators complete an inspection of their truck at the end of each day. Known as a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR), this inspection should include careful examination of the following parts of the vehicle:

  • Brakes and brake connections
  • Tires, wheels, and rims
  • Steering mechanism
  • Horn
  • Windshield wipers
  • Coupling devices
  • Lights, mirrors, and reflectors
  • Emergency equipment

Any malfunctions or deficiencies must be reported and remedied before the carrier returns to the roadway. The regulations also indicate that, before operating a tractor-trailer, the driver should review the most recent DVIR and inspect for any noticeable defects. Commercial vehicles are also subject to a mandatory annual state inspection, conducted by state personnel or authorized commercial facilities.

Although there are not specific requirements for preventive maintenance, many of the potential deficiencies and malfunctions uncovered in a DVIR or annual inspection can be avoided when certain measures are taken. These include, but are not limited to, regular:

  • Replacement of parts and equipment, including brakes, tires, and other components
  • Testing of various parts and systems
  • Oil changes
  • Tire rotation

Preventive maintenance can lessen the chances of deficient trucks causing harm to innocent victims, and should be an integral part of truck companies’ operating procedures.

Let a qualified Georgia truck accident attorney represent your interests

If you have been injured in a truck accident, any failure on the part of the truck owner or operator to appropriately inspect or maintain their vehicle could have contributed to causing or worsening the accident. The experienced Atlanta truck accident attorneys at HLM hold the responsible entities accountable so that you or your loved one has the appropriate compensation to cover medical bills and lost work time associated with the accident-related injuries. Contact us today in Atlanta at 404-998-8847 or in Savannah at 912-417-3774. We can also be reached through our contact form. You first consultation is free.

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