Negligent Truck Maintenance Lawyer Chicago
Lawsuits for Accidents Caused by Inadequate Truck Maintenance
For a truck to be safe for use on the road, it needs constant maintenance. There are all sorts of parts that can break, triggering a truck accident if proper maintenance has not taken place. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set rules regarding commercial truck inspections, repairs, and maintenance that truckers and trucking companies must follow to keep their vehicles in shape and legally allowed on the road.
If you were in a truck accident that you think was caused in part by poor truck maintenance, then let Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., in Chicago review your case. Our legal professionals have years of experience dealing with major insurance companies on behalf of clients who were involved in truck accidents. We are available 24/7 for client emergencies, so please do not hesitate to call us at (312) 410-8496 whenever you need us.
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FMCSA Rules About Truck Maintenance
Truckers and trucking companies need to do all they can to follow federal regulations from the FMCSA. Failing to adhere to these important rules not only increases the risk of a truck accident but also increases the trucking company’s liability if a crash happens.
FMCSA maintenance rules include the following:
- All truck parts must be in working condition while the truck is in use.
- Doors and windows must be inspected every 90 days or less.
- Records must be kept to track the frequency of inspections, maintenance, and repairs.
- Truck drivers must create daily inspection reports at the end of every shift.
- Trucking companies must inspect any vehicle in their fleets once a year at least.
Our Chicago truck maintenance attorneys know how to uncover evidence of negligence and liability. Once a client is involved in a truck accident, our team will reach out to the trucker’s employer and instruct them to preserve all maintenance, inspection, and repair records. This way, we can protect proof that could show negligence and benefit your personal injury case. If we notify the trucking company to preserve the evidence but they still erase or destroy it, then our attorneys can argue intentional neglect, further increasing the liability of the negligent party.
Do You Need an Attorney?
You do not technically need an attorney for your truck accident claim after being hit by a poorly maintained commercial truck. However, there is no denying the many benefits that you can enjoy only with the assistance of a legal professional.
The benefits of working with one of our Chicago negligent maintenance truck accident lawyers are:
- Calculations: If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you are entitled to maximum compensation. Don’t leave figuring out medical costs and future care to yourself and family members. Our attorneys will make certain that not only are your medical expenses accounted for but that you can access compensation for certain damages.
- Efficiency: If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, don’t wait to file your personal injury claim. Delays stall the financial compensation that you deserve, but an attorney who is familiar with the process and local insurance companies can help keep your case progressing with as few delays as possible.
- Confidence: Perhaps best of all, hiring an attorney to work on your case can instill a sense of confidence. Uncertainty can pile up into serious and distracting stress, but with a lawyer guiding your case, you can feel more confident as the gears keep turning.
We would love to get a chance to talk to you more about your truck accident that was caused by poor vehicle maintenance. Please reach out to our firm at your first opportunity to schedule a free consultation.