Mechanical Problems Causing Trucking Accidents

By Peter DePaolis

highway traffic jamBeing involved in a truck accident is one of the deadliest hazards a motorist can face on the roadway. While trucking accidents sometimes occur due to driver error, semi-truck accidents can also be the result of mechanical problems. Either way, the crash injuries that truck accidents cause are likely to be incredibly serious.

If you or a loved one is suffering because of an accident that may have been caused by a negligent trucking company, a Washington, D.C. semi-truck accident lawyer at the law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. can help seek compensation and justice you deserve for your injuries. Let us hold the truck company or other party at fault accountable for its mistakes and the pain and suffering your family should have never had to face. We use our years of experience to fight aggressively to uphold the rights of clients. Let us fight for you.

What Are Common Mechanical Problems in Commercial Trucks?

When a key part fails on a truck, it can turn the road into an extremely dangerous place. Common truck mechanical failures include:

  • Blown tires
  • Brake failures
  • Suspension failure
  • Headlight outage
  • Steering loss
  • Hydroplaning with defective tires
  • Stuck accelerators
  • Malfunctioning windshield wipers
  • Missing mirrors
  • Broken headlights and turn signals
  • Improperly secured tractor trailers

Mechanical failures can occur due to negligence by a trucking company not performing the needed maintenance on their vehicles. They can also result from improperly or poorly done work by a mechanic. Unfortunately, this negligence often results in serious harm to nearby individuals, such as causing life-altering brain injury or wrongful death, just because the companies wanted to save money.

Did the Trucking Company Neglect to Maintain Its Fleet?

Trucking companies have an obligation to maintain their vehicles. If they do not ensure their equipment is safe, these companies are recklessly endangering the lives of everyone who uses the highways of our country. Whether they are a fellow motorist or a pedestrian, every person should be able to commute safely and without the risk of harm due to poorly maintained commercial trucks.

At our firm, we have successfully fought against trucking companies at fault for neglecting safety standards. Our DC semi-truck accident lawyers will investigate your claim at no upfront cost to you in order to learn if carelessness or a trucking company valuing profit over safety caused you and your family this pain and suffering. There is no reason you should have to suffer because a trucking company was negligent. We can help make the roads safer for all by holding these companies accountable and forcing them to consider your safety before profits.

Have You Been Hit by a Commercial Truck in Washington, D.C.?

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or wrongful death as a result of a truck accident, call our office today to have your situation reviewed by an experienced semi-truck accident attorney at our Washington, D.C. office. The initial consultation is free. Contact us online or call our closest law firm location to you in Washington, DC.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.