Imagine driving down the street next to an 18-wheeler. All of a sudden, the vehicle starts to swerve. Moments later, the trailer tips, and you and several others end up involved in a serious collision.
Commercial vehicles are large and powerful, so seeing a fault in the chassis or other parts lead to a collision could be a sign that they were not cared for properly. Commercial vehicles should receive maintenance regularly because any problem, like rust or damage, could lead to the failure of one or more essential parts.
Maintenance programs for commercial vehicles rely on drivers and supervisors having good communication. For example, if a driver notices an unusually bumpy ride, then they should report it to the employer. The employer then may want to take the vehicle out of commission until a mechanic has time to look at it.
Failing to have good communication could lead to crashes since parts do wear out and need attention. Parts that become too worn may snap or not work correctly. Trailers could become unhitched, and tires could come loose. There are many things that could go wrong, which is why it’s so essential for everyone involved with the truck to take care and be sure it is getting maintenance as regularly as it’s needed.
What do you need to do if you’re hurt because of a vehicle’s poor maintenance?
Like with any other traffic collision, you may be able to pursue a claim against the driver or their employer. That’s something to discuss with your attorney once you decide to make a personal injury claim. With the right information, you can seek compensation to cover your losses.