Trucking companies also must ensure that the trucks on the highway are in safe and proper operating condition. Drivers must inspect their tractor-trailers every day and also inspect their loads to ensure that they are properly secured. Further, the federal regulations require truck drivers to inspect the truck prior to beginning any trip. The truck driver must inspect:
- Air Lines and compressor
- Fuel system
- Safety equipment
- Coupling devices
- Wheels and tires
- Numerous other equipment
- At the end of the trip the commercial or professional driver must then re-examine each of the items covered in their driver’s daily vehicle inspection reports. All dangerous conditions or defects must be noted in such reports and reported to the motor carrier prior to taking the big rig out on another trip. An inspection after a serious injury or fatal truck accident can be an important part of an 18 wheeler accident lawsuit.
If you or a family member have been injured in a crash involving an 18-wheeler, call Murphy & Murphy Law Offices. You cannot delay in getting skilled and experienced legal representation.
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