Mechanical Failure & Truck Accidents
Truck Accident Attorney Serving the Reno Area
Mechanical failure is among the many causes of truck accidents. When trucks are not properly maintained, they run the risk of breaking down while they are traveling on roads and highways. Who handles truck maintenance? There are multiple parties responsible for different types of maintenance. For example, the truck driver should be aware of all visible and obvious defects like tire pressure, taillight or headlight defects and brakes. Commercial trucking companies should also have their trucks frequently examined and tuned up. If a trucking company fails to do so, they could be liable for any accidents that occur due to improper maintenance.
If you were injured in a collision with a large truck, our team of Reno truck accident attorneys can take on your case and investigate to find the actual cause. Trucking companies are typically backed by teams of skilled investigators and large insurance companies that deal with these types of cases all the time. They know how to defend trucking companies and leave victims to shoulder the cost themselves. When you're faced against a trucking company or other large business, you need equally strong representation on your side. At Shook & Stone, we have the experience and skill you need.
Common Accident-Causing Mechanical Defects
There are standards that commercial trucks must meet in order to be fit for operation on U.S. roads and highways. One avenue for inspecting these trucks for compliance to these standards is truck scales. Truck scales are scattered across highways throughout the nation. If a truck does not meet commercial standards, the driver is issued a citation or ordered to have the defect repaired. Highway patrol officers can also pull a trucker over if they suspect a dangerous mechanical defect. Some potential defects may include:
- Low Tire Pressure: A truck's tires must be able to bear a substantial amount of weight. In fact, a fully-loaded commercial vehicle can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. If even one tire gets below a safe pressure, it could blow and cause a serious accident.
- Tires with Low Tread: In a similar vein, tires can also become "stripped" or "bald." If tires are not rotated and replaced at regular intervals, the tread can become low. Low tread can result in a blown tire. It can also lead to loss of control when a driver puts on the brakes or is driving in harsh weather conditions such as rain or snow.
- Improperly Loaded Trucks: Most commercial trucks carry cargo. If that cargo is not loaded properly, it can shift and result in an unbalanced cargo trailer. An unbalanced load can contribute to jackknife or rollover truck accidents.
- Faulty Brakes: There are a variety of causes for faulty brakes. They may be inherently defective because of a mistake in the manufacturing or installation. Brakes can also be faulty if they are not properly maintained and replaced when necessary. It takes commercial trucks longer to come to a complete stop than it does for regular passenger vehicles. This factor combined with faulty brakes can be a recipe for disaster.
Contacting a Reno Truck Accident Lawyer at Shook & Stone
Were you or someone you love injured in an accident with a commercial truck? An attorney at our firm can fight for you! We implement the latest investigative technologies and utilize our firm grasp of Nevada's liability laws to seek maximum financial compensation on behalf of our clients. We will listen to your case and give you a free case evaluation so we can help you get started in the right direction.
To learn more, please don't hesitate to contact a Reno truck accident lawyer.