Some trucking accidents occur due to poor maintenance. The suggested range for a basic truck service is 10,000 to 20,000 miles, and for a thorough maintenance check is 30,000 miles. This ensures the truck operates properly, keeping the driver and other road users safe.
So, why would a company ignore maintenance? Here are two reasons:
They want to save money
A trucking company may cut maintenance costs to save money. Of course, keeping a truck in good condition, changing the oil and lubricant, changing filters, inspecting brakes and so on, requires money. However, not doing these may lead to more costs.
For instance, if an accident occurs, the trucking company will compensate the injured person. Further, maintenance is part of the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Thus, overlooking it is a violation that can lead to high fines. In addition, frequent inspections allow a company to discover issues and solve them earlier. Not doing so can lead to costly repairs. Therefore, trucking companies may not be saving money by ignoring maintenance.
Have all trucks on the road
A truck service takes a couple of hours, and if an issue is discovered, it may be at the garage longer. A trucking company may not want their truck off the road for such a long time, as they need drivers to move cargo. For this reason, they may ignore maintenance altogether. Some companies will have trucks with worn-out and aging parts on the road until they complete an order.
If a truck crashes into your car due to a maintenance issue, you should know the party liable. The trucking company may be responsible, or they may have outsourced maintenance to a third party who offered substandard services. You should get legal guidance to make the right moves.