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Maintain your truck to avoid motor vehicle accidents

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2022 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can happen for a number of reasons, but one of the most common is poor maintenance. Trucks often travel across Idaho carrying heavy loads, which can put a lot of wear and tear on the vehicle. If the truck is not properly maintained, it can become a danger to other vehicles on the road.

Potential issues that can occur from poor maintenance

One of the most common problems that can occur from poor truck maintenance is brake failure. When brakes are not properly maintained, they can wear down and eventually fail, leading to a serious accident, especially if the truck is carrying a heavy load.

Another problem that can occur is tire blowouts. If the truck’s tires are not properly inflated or if they are not rotated on a regular basis, they can wear down and eventually blow out, which can also lead to an accident.

Other potential problems that can occur from poor truck maintenance include engine failure and transmission problems.

Tips for proper truck maintenance

First, you should check the brakes on a regular basis and replace them when necessary. You should also regularly check the tire pressure and rotate the tires to ensure they are in good condition. Additionally, you should have the engine and transmission checked on a regular basis to ensure they are running smoothly.

There are even maintenance tasks that you can take care of without going to a mechanic. Keep the truck clean and free of debris. Stepping on garbage underfoot or excess clutter can be distracting, which can contribute to truck accidents. Finally, you should make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for your specific truck model.

Who may be liable if an accident occurs?

If an accident does occur and it is due to poor truck maintenance, there are a few different parties who may be liable. First, the truck owner may be held liable if they did not properly maintain the vehicle. Second, the truck driver may be held liable if they were aware of the maintenance issues and failed to take action. Finally, the trucking company may be held liable if they failed to properly maintain the trucks in their fleet.

You may not think about it often, but the maintenance of your truck is very important. Even if your truck does not display any obvious signs of wear and tear, it is still important to perform regular maintenance checks.