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Commercial truck drivers have a duty to drive safely. Drivers are bound by Federal regulations and when they don’t follow the law accidents can occur. The law states that truck drivers must inspect their vehicles before they go out on the road when they fail to inspect their vehicles there can be some costly consequences.
The main cause is tire malfunction.
Bald Tires: driving with bald or warn out tires during adverse weather conditions can cause the truck driver to lose control of the truck, have difficulty stopping, or the tires will burst. Even on dry land a dire that is bald makes it difficult to stop and easy to puncture.
Under-inflated or over-inflated: Correct air pressure is essential, the ability to steer and stability when turning are seriously compromised when a tire is over or under-inflated.
Manufactures defects: Any instability in a tire has the potential to cause a tire to blow; if a tire blows the truck driver and lose control of his rig causing an accident.
Excessive heat: Most people think that rain and cold weather affects tires more than hot weather; the truth is that air is a gas, when gas is heated it expands. This causes a truck’s tires to have more volume than they should. Truck drivers have been trained to deal with their tire pressure and a tire left unchecked can blow, causing a serious accident.
When an 18 wheeler driver is unable to control his rig on the road because he failed to properly check his tires, there can possibly be some costly effects. If the driver causes an accident, he is at fault for failing to comply with Federal Law and check his tires. The company he works for has a duty to make sure that the drivers are checking their trucks every day.
Getting into an accident with a negligent truck driver can leave you with serious injuries, without a vehicle, unable to work, and emotionally impacted; even more seriously, an accident can result in death. You may be able to recover damages if a commercial truck driver caused an accident. A truck accident lawyer can help you determine the facts of your case and help you get the money you deserve for the commercial truck driver’s negligence. Whether you have lost property, have emotional distress, loss of wages or an 18 wheeler accident has caused the death of someone you love, you may be entitled to compensation.
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