Improper Truck Maintenance Lawyers in New Jersey
New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyers Protect Victims of Accidents Caused by Improper Truck Maintenance in Edison, Brick and Freehold, NJ
Statistics show that a large commercial truck, such as a semi, tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler, can require as much as 40 times greater stopping distance than traditional motor vehicles. This is one of the reasons why both federal and New Jersey state laws require trucks to undergo specific and regular inspections and maintenance to ensure that all truck components are properly functioning. Failure on the part of the trucking company to conduct full and adequate inspections, as well as maintain the truck properly to correct any faults that have been identified, can lead to devastating truck accidents and serious injuries.
At Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A., our truck accident lawyers have over four decades’ worth of experience advocating for justice when our clients sustain preventable injuries because of failures on the part of a truck driver or trucking company to properly maintain their trucks. Routine inspections are required for a reason—commercial trucks are typically on the roadways for extended periods of time, and regular inspection helps identify issues within the truck before those issues can present a safety hazard for other drivers on the roads. If you have sustained injuries in a truck accident in Monmouth County or elsewhere in New Jersey and suspect that an issue with the truck itself caused the accident, contact us today so that we can get to work investigating your case for financial compensation.
New Jersey Enforces Federal Truck Maintenance Standards
New Jersey periodically modifies state law to make sure that trucks within the state are adhering to standards developed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Under these regulations, nearly all commercial vehicles, including large trucks, are required to submit to regular inspections designed to identify problems within the truck and ensure that the vehicle is properly maintained.
Drivers are required to maintain detailed logs regarding components of the truck, and a trucking company must also keep maintenance logs if the company operates the truck for 30 or more consecutive days. The driver’s record must detail regular inspections of various truck components at the end of each day of driving, including:
- Tires, wheels, and rims
- Brakes, including service brakes and parking brakes
- The steering mechanism
- The horn
- Windshield wipers
- Headlights and other safety gear designed to increase visibility
- The trailer coupling device, and the mechanisms that connect the tractor and trailer
- Windows and mirrors
- Emergency equipment
This report must not only identify any deficiencies but also detail corrective steps that were taken to bring the truck back to safe working condition. The driver’s reports and certification of repairs must be kept for at least three months. The maintenance logs maintained by the trucking company must be retained for at least six months after the truck leaves the trucking company’s control, and must include:
- Information sufficient to identify the vehicle
- Information regarding the nature and due dates of the truck maintenance and inspection
- A record of inspection, repairs, and maintenance
Results-Driven Truck Accident Lawyers Fight for Justice When Improper Truck Maintenance Results in Injury
At Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A., we see the devastating consequences of preventable truck accidents all too often—these massive vehicles can cause catastrophic injuries to passengers in smaller cars when they are not maintained in proper working order. Truck components wear out much faster than is the case with vehicles used for ordinary everyday use, making regular inspection and truck maintenance vital to the safety of everyone on the roads.
Failing to obey the detailed safety regulations that apply to large commercial trucks is unacceptably careless, and our lawyers fight to ensure victims of truck accidents caused by improper truck maintenance are fully compensated for the injuries that those accidents cause.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with the Monmouth County Truck Accident Lawyers at Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A. Today
Pursuing your right to compensation after improper truck maintenance caused you to suffer injuries in a truck accident can be time consuming and expensive. This is why our experienced Freehold, NJ truck accident lawyers provide every potential client with a free initial consultation to discuss the possibility of pursuing compensation in their specific case. Even more importantly, we work on a contingent fee basis—which means that we only receive attorney fees if we are able to win compensation in your case, so you don’t have to worry about making any upfront or ongoing payments while you recover. We have dedicated our careers to take on the complexities that can arise in truck accident cases caused by improper truck maintenance, so call us today, or fill out this secure online contact form, to schedule your free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Improper Truck Maintenance in Brick, NJ
FAQ: How do I know whether improper truck maintenance caused my truck accident?
In some cases, some fault with the truck may be clear, but in others, an investigation may be necessary to determine how the accident was caused. Our truck accident lawyers have been helping truck accident victims identify whether improper maintenance contributed to their injuries for decades. We conduct a thorough investigation in every case, including inspection of all relevant maintenance logs. We will also fight to gain access to the truck’s black box recording device if one is available, which may also shed light on what was happening within the vehicle itself at the time of the accident.
FAQ: When should I call a lawyer if I think I was in an accident with an improperly maintained truck?
Immediately. Even though trucking companies and truck drivers are required to maintain detailed inspection and maintenance logs, there is no guarantee that they will keep those records after an accident. Additionally, the trucking company can quickly take steps to remedy any fault with the truck after an accident, assuming the truck was not damaged beyond repair. The trucking company’s attorneys will go to work immediately to minimize liability for the accident, so call us as soon as possible so that we can protect your rights.