Is Improper or Bad Maintenance Responsible for the Truck Wreck?
Houston 18 Wheeler Accident Attorney Explains Trucking Company Negligence
Even under the best of circumstances, operating a tractor-trailer truck is a task only trained professionals should take on. Beyond that, imagine a driver with an 18-wheeler that has not been kept in good working order. Maybe the brakes need to be replaced or the tires are worn beyond recognition. With the size and the power of big rigs, the last thing anyone wants is for them to lose control and cause a wreck. Unfortunately, when large trucks are not properly maintained, that is exactly what can happen. It is those of us in regular vehicles who will suffer catastrophic and fatal injuries in truck wrecks.
At Phillip Brantley & Associates, P.C., we have been fighting for the rights of truck accident victims and their families in the Houston area for nearly 30 years. The trucking industry is big business in our community and as a result, 18-wheelers are a constant presence in Houston traffic.
Houston 18 wheeler accident attorney Phillip Brantley recognizes the danger that poorly maintained trucks pose to the rest of traffic and is dedicated to keeping the roads in our community safe. He does this through truck accident lawsuits, which enable him to both hold negligent truckers and trucking companies accountable for their recklessness and provide survivors of 18-wheeler wrecks and the families of fatal semi-truck crash victims with the help they need for:
- Catastrophic injuries
- Medical bills, including expenses for hospital visits/stays, rehabilitation, physical therapy and long-term care at home or in a nursing home
- Income loss due to injury-related job loss or the wrongful death of a family’s breadwinner
- Funeral expenses
If you were hurt or someone you love was killed due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, you need to call us now. Phillip Brantley has decades of experience handling truck accident cases and can guide you step-by-step through the process of bringing those responsible for your pain and suffering to justice. You can talk to Attorney Brantley for free today without any obligation to hire him. You can tell him about your situation and he will explain to you what legal rights you have, discuss the best options available to you and answer any questions you have about truck accident cases. This is a great opportunity for you to learn everything you need to know to make the best decision possible for your and your family’s future. Make the call.
How Can Bad Maintenance Lead to a Truck Accident?
Truck drivers and trucking companies have to answer to state and federal law, including regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation. However, despite the fact that there are laws and enforcement in place to keep truckers and the public safe from truck accidents, there are still truck drivers and trucking companies that fail to comply with safety regulations. When truck drivers or trucking companies do not take the required steps to meet safety standards, they are endangering everyone who shares the road with their vehicles.
For the most part, truckers and truck companies fail to comply with trucking safety laws if following the law somehow cuts into their profits. An example would be a trucking company falsifying maintenance logs on its trucks or failing to conduct required safety inspections on its vehicles. Another example would be a trucking company failing to keep their vehicles in proper condition, because it would cost more to keep all its vehicles properly maintained than it would to settle a lawsuit for a truck accident that happens because one of its trucks caused a wreck.
Specific maintenance issues that can lead to trucking accidents include but are not limited to the following:
- Brake failure
- Worn tire tread, leading to traction issues
- Tire blowouts due to worn, over-inflated or under-inflated tires
- Trailer hitch failure
- Steering equipment malfunction
- Lack of reflective tape on trailer
- Electrical system or lighting system malfunction
- Faulty hydraulics, shocks or struts
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You need an attorney with experience and a history of success on your side if you are taking on a large trucking company, its insurer and their army of lawyers. Attorney Brantley has faced off against negligent truckers, trucking companies, insurance corporations and high-priced legal teams before, both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom. They do not intimidate him, and he knows what steps to take legally to ensure they are held accountable for what they did to you and to make sure they are prevented from doing the same thing to others in the future.
For more information about truck accident lawsuits and how Phillip Brantley & Associates, P.C. can help you, give us a call to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Houston 18 wheeler accident attorney today. Se habla español.