Defective truck parts can put both the drivers of these large vehicles and other motorists at risk. Malfunctions may not be apparent to the eye, but even the unseen can often prove dangerous. This is why knowing what to look for when it comes to truck maintenance could be a matter of life and death.
If either you or a loved one has been injured in an accident because of defective truck parts, then call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 so that we can help you. As highly-skilled and experienced Chicago trucking accident lawyers, you can take comfort in knowing that we will handle your case with diligence and dedication.
Brake failure and misalignment are many times at the heart of trucking accidents, including rear-end crashes that may have been avoided with a proper inspection. For example, the air brake systems in trucks create and maintain compressed air that transmits pressure to the service brake, which helps when stopping at a short distance. A brake system inspection can help ensure the air brake systems function properly. An inspection should also include an assessment of brake hoses and brake lines to make certain they fit correctly even as the drum brake should be examined for cracks and/or overheating.
Inattention to tires may mean they are improperly inflated, and that can cause serious issues. For one, the tires may wear more quickly and that can cause handling and stability challenges. Moreover, tires may be at greater risk for blowouts. These are reasons why tire inspections should always include a careful review of air pressure, tread separation, and tread depth. In addition, inspectors should make certain tires do not have cracks and cuts as well as be sure the tires match one another.
Hydraulic malfunctions can cause completely unexpected problems. For example, the top of a dump truck hit the top of a bridge in 2016, which caused its hydraulic pistons to activate while traveling Interstate 20 in Texas. The hydraulic malfunction of the truck’s bed caused it to rise on its own and to ultimately fly off, only to become suspended over the overpass. This incident could have proven fatal, which is why hydraulic systems must be assessed for safety.
Defective steering problems may be the result of poor ball joints. If either worn or damaged, then the ball joints will prevent steering to turn the wheels despite the driver’s efforts. Even more critical, this defect can jeopardize lives because the driver may be unable to take swift yet necessary action on the road by steering. An inspection should include a review of the ball joints to prevent this kind of calamity.
Common defective truck parts may be due to the manufacturer’s negligence, inadequate inspection, and repair, or to some combination. If either you or a loved one has unfortunately been hurt in an accident due to defective truck parts, then Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help you seek what you need to recover and put things right.
Contact us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free, initial consultation.