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Mechanical failures can cause truck accidents

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2022 | Personal Injury

When people talk about truck accidents, they often talk about truck drivers who are fatigued or who make other sorts of driving mistakes. But it’s important to note that a truck driver could do an absolutely perfect job from a technical perspective, and they could still be involved in an accident. It is not always the driver’s fault alone.

The problem is that mechanical errors with large trucks can also cause them to crash unexpectedly, putting the vehicles around them in danger. That’s why it’s so important for the driver and the trucking company to do consistent maintenance and make sure that vehicles are always in good working order. If they are negligent in this regard, they may eventually cause a serious crash.

Brake failures

When trucks are going up and down a lot of hills, it can really wear on the brakes. Plus, since they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, those brakes need to be in excellent working order. An incredible amount of strain is put on them every time the driver slows down. When the brakes fail, the driver can completely lose control of the vehicle.

Tire blowouts

Another issue that sometimes happens is that a tire blows out. In most cases, the truck driver can just pull over to the side of the road. But a major blowout could also cause them to swerve or lose control. In some cases, trucks will end up jackknifing and blocking the entire road. This can cause multi-car pileups with many injuries.

Load shifts

Loads on the back of a semi are also supposed to be strapped down or loaded properly so that they won’t move. When these systems fail, it can result in a load shift that throws off the balance of the truck and causes it to overturn. If the load breaks free entirely from a flatbed semi, it could directly strike other cars, motorcyclists, pedestrians, cyclings and more.

These are just a few ways that truck accidents happen, but they show why you need to be wary. If you do get injured in a crash with a truck, be sure you know how to seek financial compensation.