Last year, a record number of trucking companies in this country declared bankruptcy. This was reflective of lower shipping rates, decreased demand due to international tariff wars, and a shortage of qualified truck drivers. Unfortunately, when truck companies experience financial strains, there are odds that they will try to cut costs wherever possible. In a domino effect, a poor economy for trucking companies can result in danger to people like us in the form of increased truck accidents.
Cutting Corners on Truck Maintenance is Unlawful and Deadly
Maintaining a truck can be expensive, but it is a financial responsibility that truck owners take on when they want to make a business of putting their vehicles out on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has the authority to establish national regulations for motor carriers. Truck owners are legally obligated to inspect their trucks and equipment in the following manner:
- Every motor carrier shall systematically inspect, repair, and maintain, or cause to be systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained, all motor vehicles subject to its control.
- Parts and accessories must be in safe and proper condition at all times.
- Pushout windows, emergency doors, and emergency door marking lights must be inspected at least every 90 days.
These inspections exist in the interest of public safety as trucks that are not roadworthy pose a major hazard to everyone on the road.
Truck Accident Lawsuits
Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. has successfully handled countless truck accident lawsuits and our attorneys are members of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys. When a truck accident occurs and results in a victim’s serious injury, one of the many factors that our attorneys thoroughly explore is the condition of the truck as well as the legally mandated maintenance records of the vehicle.
We do so because a failure to properly maintain a truck by the law constitutes negligence on the part of the truck owner. Poor truck maintenance causes accidents and serious injuries. Our objective is to hold negligent truck owners to the task and to obtain maximum compensation for our clients who have suffered from this negligence.
Truck Accident Attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P.
Truck accident lawsuits are high-stakes, complicated, and contested cases. Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. is a top-class law firm that provides smart, effective representation to truck accident victims in the Reno area. Our attorneys are members of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and have successfully obtained millions of dollars in damages for our clients. If you want someone to fight for your rights, call us. Contact Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. at (775) 227-2280 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.