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Navigating Maintenance Issues: A Critical Aspect of Commercial Trucking Safety

Maintenance is crucial to the safety and reliability of commercial trucks on our roads.  When a trucking company fails to keep up with necessary maintenance, the results can be catastrophic, impacting not only the truck driver but also other motorists. Below, we will look at some examples of maintenance issues in commercial trucking accidents, examining the significance of regular inspections and the potential dangers associated with brake failures, tire blowouts, and faulty lights.

Brake Failures: The Unsettling Consequences of Neglected Maintenance

Among the various maintenance issues that can contribute to commercial trucking accidents, brake failures stand out as one of the most critical and potentially devastating.  Regular brake inspections are paramount to identify wear and tear, overheating, or other issues that may compromise the braking system’s effectiveness. Neglecting these inspections can lead to brake failures on the road. And Brakes of course are a critical safety component—especially considering a commercial truck and trailer often weigh more than 80,000 pounds and take far longer to stop than a regular passenger vehicle.  Other factors such as contaminated brake fluid, worn brake pads, or malfunctioning brake components can contribute to brake failures. Addressing these issues promptly through routine maintenance is essential to preventing accidents.  Brake failures can result in loss of control, extended stopping distances, and collisions with other vehicles. Understanding the signs of impending brake issues and addressing them proactively can prevent these tragic outcomes.

Tire Blowouts: Maintaining Traction for Safe Road Navigation

Tires are a critical component of any vehicle, and commercial trucks, with their substantial weight and cargo, place additional stress on their tires. Adequate tire pressure is crucial to maintaining traction and preventing blowouts. Regular monitoring and maintenance to ensure proper tire pressure can mitigate the risk of blowouts caused by underinflated or overinflated tires.  Worn-out tire treads reduce grip on the road and increase the likelihood of blowouts. Routine inspections to assess tread depth and overall tire wear are vital to preventing accidents caused by tire blowouts. Tire blowouts can lead to loss of control, especially at high speeds on highways. The aftermath of a tire blowout may result in the truck veering into other lanes, causing collisions with nearby vehicles, or catastrophic rear end injuries.

Faulty Lights and Signals: Illuminating the Path to Safety

Proper lighting is essential to keeping commercial truck drivers and others on the road safe. Faulty lights and signals can contribute to accidents, especially in low-visibility conditions. Key considerations include:

  1. Regular Inspection of Lights: Ensuring that all lights, including headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals, are in working order is a fundamental aspect of maintenance. Burned-out bulbs or malfunctioning electrical systems should be promptly addressed.
  2. Adverse Weather Preparedness: During adverse weather conditions, functional lights become even more critical for visibility. Regular maintenance ensures that a truck’s lighting system is prepared to handle challenging weather scenarios.
  3. Visibility and Accident Prevention: Properly functioning lights enhance visibility on the road, reducing the risk of accidents caused by other motorists failing to see the truck or misinterpreting its movements.

Contact Cooper Elliott Truck Crash Lawyers Today

Maintenance issues in commercial trucking are not just technical concerns—they are matters of public safety. Cooper Elliott is committed to shedding light on these issues and is motivated by the desire to prevent accidents and protect the lives of those on our roadways. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a commercial trucking accident involving maintenance negligence, Cooper Elliott is here to provide support, guidance, and unwavering advocacy.