Trucking accidents result in some of the most devastating injuries a human body can withstand. The force of two fast-moving objects – one very large and the other much smaller – typically leave the smaller object in pieces. The occupants of smaller vehicles have very little chance of escaping the accident without some form of injury.
With everything safety advocates now know about making trucks and cars safer, many people wonder why trucking accidents still occur so often. Most of the time, Ohio residents automatically assume the truck driver must have caused the crash, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, equipment failure is the true cause, transferring legal liability to the trucking company rather than the truck operator.
Here are several ways equipment failure can result in severe trucking accidents.
- Deflated and/or poorly maintained tires
- Defective safety equipment (e.g. underride guards)
- Lack of safety equipment
- Poorly maintained or defective braking systems
- Improperly functioning lights, like burned-out brake lights or turn signals
- Unbalanced or improperly loaded cargo
- Engine and vehicle part failure due to poor maintenance
- Overall poor maintenance for the entire truck and its trailer
Any of the issues listed above could lead to trucking accidents and catastrophic injuries or even death. In these cases, injury lawsuits typically target the company because it is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of its fleet. Injured victims have a very good chance of acquiring significant compensation from insurance providers, and in negligence cases, the trucking company itself.