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Most Common Defective Truck Parts

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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.


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