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Maintenance Problems Lead to Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can cause serious injury or death and the driver or trucking company responsible for the crash may be required to compensate victims or their loved ones for losses. If you or a family member were hurt in a truck accident, give the Atlanta, Georgia truck accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. a call today to learn about how we can help you protect your legal rights.

Truck Maintenance Problems
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets forth requirements for truck maintenance in Part 396 of their Rules & Regulations. FMCSA requirements mandate regular inspections of truck parts and specify that truck drivers must perform a basic daily inspection before beginning their route each day.

The FMCSA maintenance requirements are strict and require periodic inspections because many problems can occur if a truck is not properly maintained. Trucks have many complicated systems, such as air brakes, that can break down and can cause a truck to malfunction. When a truck is not properly maintained, the chances of problems increase and these maintenance issues can cause a truck accident to occur. Unfortunately, this can have a devastating outcome for the truck driver and for everyone else on the road.

Maintenance Problems and Atlanta Truck Accidents
When a truck is not properly maintained and an accident occurs, the truck driver could be held legally responsible for the accident. The trucking company could also be considered liable for the crash and for any harm that the crash caused.

Trucking companies can sometimes be held liable for the actions of their drivers, since employee negligence is considered to be the equivalent of the company itself being negligent. Often when it comes to maintenance issues, however, it is the trucking company itself that falls short of its legal obligations.

If the trucking company fails to keep with the regular maintenance schedule or to have its fleet periodically inspected by a qualified and licensed inspector was required in the FMCSA regulation section 396.19 and 396.21, then the trucking company itself falls short of its obligations and can be blamed for a resulting crash.

An Atlanta, Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
If a maintenance problem led to your truck accident, you will need to prove that the truck driver, trucking company or maintenance company was to blame for the crash in order to receive compensation. Often, this will require subpoenaing maintenance records to determine if the truck was regularly inspected as required.

An experienced Atlanta, Georgia truck accident lawyer can help you to get the evidence you need to take legal action. Not only can an Atlanta, Georgia truck accident attorney help you to build your case from day one after your accident, but your attorney can also help you to determine all of the different people and companies that may be liable to you and required to compensate you.

The goal is to ensure that you are repaid for your medical costs and lost wages, as well as compensated for pain and suffering, emotional distress or the death of a family member.

To learn more about how an Atlanta, Georgia truck accident lawyer can help with your case and get you the compensation you deserve, contact Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., today. Our caring and knowledgeable Atlanta, Georgia truck accident attorneys are here to help you, so give us a call at (404) 991-5950 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation.

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