Due to the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks, collisions involving these trucks often cause more damage to other vehicles and their passengers than might occur in a car-on-car accident. For this reason, it is critical to determine what caused the wreck, and who to hold financially responsible for the devastation.
Often times, big rig collisions in North Carolina can be traced back to defective equipment. Federal regulations mandate that commercial trucks be maintained to certain standards for the safety of the truck’s driver and the general public. Not only is regular maintenance required, but inspections must be coordinated to maintain an acceptable level of safety. When these requirements are not met, defective parts are not discovered and replaced until they cause a crash.
As complex as today’s cars have become, large trucks are even more complex and require more maintenance to remain functional. Not only do trucks require more safety systems and features due to their size, but they also cause more wear and tear on equipment than a standard passenger vehicle, which makes regular maintenance critical for everyone’s safety.
Some of the truck parts and systems that can fail and cause an accident include:
There are many factors to take into consideration when determining who is at fault for defective truck equipment. In some cases, the manufacturer of the part is completely responsible, while other cases find the owner of the truck shared in the responsibility because of improper maintenance or irregular maintenance schedules. All of this is complicated by the trucking industry’s aggressive defense of its own liability, no matter how apparent the evidence seems.
The decades of experience found at Rhine Law Firm, P.C., are exactly what you need to navigate a trucking accident claim. Our skilled team will work diligently to secure the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and other losses as a result of a Wilmington truck wreck. Call (910) 772-9960 to schedule your free initial consultation today.
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