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Does Poor Maintenance Lead to Truck Accidents?

Poor vehicle maintenance is a common cause of the hundreds of thousands of semi-truck accidents that occur in the United States each year. In 2014, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 semi-truck accidents. These accidents killed 3,903 individuals and injured a further 110,000. Drivers and companies that neglect maintenance on their vehicles negligently place motorists at risk for serious injury and death. People who are injured by a poorly maintained semi-truck should discuss their accident claim with a semi-truck accident lawyer.

Poorly maintained brakes are a significant problem within the trucking industry. In 2006, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the Large Truck Crash Causation Study which showed that 32.7% of semi-trucks involved in accidents were cited for brake system failures. Malfunctioning brakes increase the amount of time it takes to stop a semi-truck which in turn increases the likelihood of an accident. Common forms of brake system failure include overheating, brakes that fall out of alignment, broken components, and pressure leaks to air brakes.

The high prevalence of brake related accidents led the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to issue recommendations for enhanced monitoring of vehicles. These recommendations include the installation of sensors to make it easier to track brake system function and to identify individuals and companies that neglect maintenance and otherwise violate established safety standards. This information could also help a semi-truck accident lawyer establish the chain of events and individual(s) and entities responsible for causing a personal injury or wrongful death accident.

Similar to brake failures, hydraulic system failure was responsible for 4.7% of accidents. Failure of the hydraulic system can lead to steering mechanism failure. The LTCCS showed that 14% of semi-trucks examined in the study were previously cited for deficient steering systems. Another common cause of semi-truck accidents is air line failure which was responsible for 9.6% of accidents. Failures in these systems can negatively impact a driver's ability to control the direction of the vehicle and its ability to stop.

Tire failures are another common cause of semi-truck accidents. The LTCCS examination of accidents showed that 14.5% of semi-truck accidents involved tire violations. These violations include failure to replace worn or damaged tires, overloading, over inflation/underinflation, and improper mounting. Tire blowouts can cause a semi-truck driver to lose control of the direction of the vehicle. They can also throw dangerous debris into the roadway. Heavy steel-belted tires can cause significant front end damage to vehicles that are following behind. They can also penetrate windshields and cause grievous bodily injury or wrongful death.

Brad Pistotnik is a semi-truck accident lawyer who represents clients who have been injured in semi-truck accidents involving poor vehicle maintenance throughout Kansas. Motorists who are involved in accidents in Hays, Arkansas City, Pittsburg, Pratt, Great Bend, or in any city in Kansas can pursue compensation for pain and suffering, property damage, personal injuries, medical expenses, long-term care, and lost wages. Brad Pistotnik Law and our 17 employees work as hard as humanly possible to help all personal injury victims in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, or Illinois.

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