New York Negligent Truck Maintenance Lawyer
A typical semi-truck travels 45,000 miles every year, and racks up 750,000 miles over its lifetime, all while towing tens of thousands of pounds of goods at 50 to 80 miles per hour. The wear and tear on a semi-truck’s brakes, clutch, electrical system, suspension, and every other auto part is extreme. As such, semi-trucks require regular maintenance, checkups, replacement parts, and repair. Failure to do so is not just risking a crash, it is all but asking for one to happen. If you were injured in a semi-truck collision, there is a chance that the truck driver lost control of their vehicle due to negligent maintenance. Whether the trucker owned the truck themselves as an independent contractor, or was working for a trucking company, you can be compensated for your damages.
Here at Cohan Law Firm, our New York negligent truck maintenance lawyers are prepared to conduct an investigation into how the crash occurred, and then file a claim for maximum compensation.
The Three Most Common Worn Out Components to Cause a Semi-Truck Crash
Virtually every part of a truck plays some role in its ability to be safely operated. Truck drivers, mechanics, and other personnel are responsible for regularly checking and maintaining semi-trucks and their trailers.
- Tires—The average pounds per square inch a passenger tire runs at is around 45 PSI. Because of the weight load a semi-truck tows, the average truck tires run between 95 and 115, depending on where the tire is located. Blow outs are common. As such, truck tires need to be regularly checked for over inflation, under inflation, low tread depth, and other signs of wear and tear.
- Brakes—Brake failure is the leading cause of semi-truck collisions not caused by driver error. Common failures include corrosion, external wear, air leaks, and frozen air lines in the winter months due to water contamination.
- Trailer Coupling—A trailer coupling is responsible for connecting the cab to the trailer. A damaged or improperly connected coupling can cause the trailer to disconnect from the cab. Other systems that depend on proper connection between the cab and trailer include tail and brake lights, as well as the braking system.
Other parts of a truck that are not properly maintained can lead to the driver losing control of the semi-truck and crashing into other road users or suddenly losing power. Negligent maintenance of the engine, electrical system, steering, and clutch can cause such a crash.
Call a New York Negligent Truck Maintenance Attorney Today
If it is discovered that your injuries were caused by negligent truck maintenance, you can hold the trucking company or other parties financially liable for your damages. These damages include your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage, loss of joy of life, emotional distress, and more. An experienced New York negligent truck maintenance attorney can help you build your case and win the type of settlement that your injuries deserve. Call the New York negligent truck maintenance lawyers at Cohan Law Firm today at 855-855-0321 for a complimentary consultation.