WHY INSPECTIONS MATTER IN TENNESSEE TRUCKING ACCIDENTS
Following a commercial truck accident, it is imperative that you understand what led to the crash. At Cantrell, Goodge & Associates, we know that factors such as poor truck maintenance may have played a role. Through determining the cause, you can ascertain who should be held responsible for your damages.
For example, it may appear that a truck driver was speeding at the time of the incident. However, a deeper investigation could reveal that the brakes on the truck had not been properly inspected and maintained, leading to a loss of control over the vehicle. In that case, the motor carrier could be to blame.
Large trucks travel thousands upon thousands of miles every year, putting a great deal of wear and tear on their components. Without the proper maintenance and thorough inspection, it is easy for these vehicles to fall behind on the federally required safety standards.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, every commercial motor vehicle is subject to routine certified inspections. A motor carrier may only use vehicles on which every component has passed an inspection at least once over the course of the past year. Failing to do so will, at best, result in a written warning from the Secretary of Transportation along with the actions that must be taken to correct the mistake. In extreme circumstances, however, failing to inspect a vehicle could turn into a deadly accident.
Our team knows what to look for following a trucking accident to establish negligence. For more information on this topic, please visit our page on semi-truck crashes.