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truck-crashDefective truck parts can lead to serious truck accidents, life-threatening injuries, and even death. Even though manufacturers have a duty to create safe parts and trucking companies are responsible for inspecting and maintaining their trucks, trucks with defective parts are still seen on today's roads. Five of the most common defective truck parts include:

1.      Faulty Brakes

Often, brakes fail and lead to truck accidents. Therefore, brake inspections which can ensure brake systems are in good working order are essential. Brake inspections should always consist of an evaluation of brake lines and brake hoses to ensure they fit properly.

The brakes on trucks must also adhere to certain requirements by the U.S. Department of Transportation. An example of one of these requirements is that a truck is legally required to have a braking power that is specific to its weight.

2.      Tire Issues

Tires that are not properly inflated can trigger difficulties with handling and stability. They can also lead to tire blowouts. By carefully inspecting the pressure, tread depth, and tread separation of tires, accidents caused by tire issues can be prevented. Tires should also be free of cuts and cracks and match one another.

3.      Headlight and Taillight Problems

Truck drivers often drive long distance at night. If their headlights and taillights are not functioning correctly, they may lose sight of the road and cause serious accidents. For this reason, the headlights and taillights of a truck should be monitored on a regular basis.

4.      Malfunctioning Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are imperative for safe truck driving, especially during rainy or snowy weather conditions. Truck drivers should always keep an eye on their windshield wipers and change them if they are malfunctioning and cannot effectively clear debris from the windshield.

5.      Broken Steering Components

Broken steering components may be the result of damaged or worn ball joints that inhibit a truck driver's ability to turn the wheels. In order to prevent broken steering components and the serious issues they cause, they should be reviewed often.

Contact Our Experienced Joliet Truck Accident Lawyers

If you sustain an injury that was caused by a defective truck part or the negligence of a truck driver, you should reach out to our Joliet truck accident lawyers immediately. Call us at

815-666-1285 for a free consultation. We can determine who is liable and may be able to help you collect compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Source:

https://www.thebalance.com/dot-inspections-1361608

Joliet truck accident attorneysSemi-trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road, which is why the federal government has such stringent rules regulating the industry. Unfortunately, not all drivers or commercial truck companies follow the rules. Case in point: one commercial driver was recently sentenced on manslaughter charges after his distracted driving caused the death of a school teacher. Learn more about the distracted driving habits of truck drivers, and discover what your rights may be if yourself or a loved one is killed or injured in a commercial truck accident.

Distracted Truck Driver Convicted on Manslaughter Charges

The accident, which occurred back in 2016, had been caused by the commercial truck driver's use of a cellphone behind the wheel. His license already suspended because of an unpaid distracted driver ticket, the commercial driver had reportedly veered into the lane of oncoming traffic at least two other times before he smashed, head-on, into another vehicle. A young school teacher with a wife and two-year-old child, the driver of that other vehicle, ultimately died of his injuries. The courts convicted the commercial driver and sentenced him to 17 years in prison.

Distracted Driving Continues to Be a Pervasive Issue

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of automobile accidents today. Though more frequently seen in situations involving pedestrians and drivers of passenger vehicles, several transit drivers, commercial drivers, and bus drivers have been caught using their cell phones on camera over the past several years. In a recent case, a truck driver was going through Florida when he was caught reaching for his phone while behind the wheel. The video then shows him swerving to avoid something up ahead, which occurred just before he crashed into a highway barrier. No injuries or fatalities occurred, and he was not the cause of the accident, but the implications are clear: someone (including the driver himself) could have been seriously hurt.

Pursuing Compensation After a Commercial Truck Accident

While most crashes involve an analysis of the crash to determine its cause, accidents involving semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles tend to be more complex and in-depth. Victims are rarely equipped to manage such situations, and their injuries and losses can even further complicate matters. Thankfully, there is help.

At Tedone & Morton, P.C., we understand the devastation that a commercial truck accident can have on the lives of victims and their families. Dedicated and experienced, our Joliet truck accident lawyers can protect your rights and best interests throughout the entire claims process. No matter what your circumstance, we will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Schedule your personalized consultation to get started. Call 815-666-1285 today.

Source:

http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Distracted-Truck-Driver-Given-17-Years-for-Manslaughter-449110913.html

Illinois truck accident lawyersData from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSA) indicates that around 90,000 truck accidents occur each year. Of those, nearly 4,000 result in a fatality. The remainder of those accidents lead to injuries that range drastically in severity, going from minor to life-altering. Unfortunately, the size and weight of semis mean the latter is far more likely to occur, and that can leave victims and their families at a serious disadvantage. Level the playing field with help from the following information on determining fault after a truck accident.

The Potential for Multiple At-Fault Parties

Although any automobile accident can have multiple at-fault parties, the propensity for two, three, or more negligent parties is far more likely in a semi crash. This is due, in part, to the various components of the trucking industry, including:

  • The driver, who may be independently employed or employed by the truck company;
  • The trucking company that either employs or regulates the employee;
  • Company that owns or leases the truck to the company or driver;
  • Maintenance technicians; and
  • Loaders that are responsible for ensuring that freight is safely loaded and secure.

Any one, or even several of these parties may ultimately be responsible for a truck accident. However, they are not the only at-fault parties that a victim must think about. A Utah accident between a FedEx truck and a train prove that even non-trucking industry parties may be at fault in an accident. In that situation, the fault allegedly rested with worker responsible for keeping the railroad crossing in safe, working order.

Navigating the Complex Claims Process

With so many potential negligent parties, victims often find themselves overwhelmed with the claims process of a truck accident. Thankfully, there are some ways to make the process easier. First, victims are encouraged to seek experienced legal counsel. Not only can this ease the process for the victim, but it can also decrease the risk of a denied, reduced, or delayed claim. Accident victims are also encouraged to seek a full investigation of the crash to ensure all negligent parties are held accountable. An attorney can help with this as well.

Contact Our Joliet Truck Crash Lawyers

If you or someone you love has recently experienced a truck accident, contact Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. for assistance. Our seasoned Joliet truck accident lawyers will aggressively protect your rights and best interest. Committed to your future, we will pursue the most favorable outcome for your situation. Schedule your personalized consultation to get started. Call 815-666-1285 today.

Sources:

http://fox13now.com/2017/01/30/uta-fires-employee-for-causing-accident-involving-frontrunner-train-fedex-truck/

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/research-and-analysis/large-truck-crash-causation-study-analysis-brief

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts-2014

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