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What Mechanical Failures Can Cause Truck Accidents?


Trucks are a necessity because they deliver essential goods and products across Texas and across the country. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 15 million big rigs operate in the United States. Trucks can cause serious accidents that result in millions of injuries and deaths. In 2018, over 5,000 people died in truck crashes in the United States, according to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).


The FMCSA categorizes truck accidents based on the leading cause and contributing factors. The three main reasons for truck crashes include:

  • Human error
  • Mechanical failures
  • Outside conditions


Human errors include mistakes while driving, such as improper lane changes, failure to stop, driving while fatigued, distracted driving, and more. Weather conditions like rain, fog, and ice and road debris can all lead to truck crashes.


Types of Mechanical Failures


A variety of mechanical failures can lead to truck accidents. Often, mechanical failure could be due to inadequate maintenance or repair. A trucking company and the truck driver must inspect a truck before going out on the road. Some of the most common truck problems that contribute to crashes are:


  • Brake failure
  • Tire blowouts
  • Defective lights
  • Failure of the transmission or other systems
  • Improperly installed or faulty hitches
  • Failure of the suspension system
  • Broken or missing mirrors
  • Inadequate rear guards


Of these, the most common problems include brake failure and tire blowouts. Brake failure can be caused by insufficient fluid, worn-out brakes, or other issues. Often, these problems should have been resolved before the vehicle got onto the road. Tire blowouts lead to the inability to control a truck, and they can also be avoided. The driver should inspect the tires for proper tread and inflation before each trip.


Did a Truck Mechanical Failure Cause an Accident?


If you were hurt in a truck accident, you need to discover the leading cause and contributing factors. The best way to do this is to gain access to the electronic logging device (ELD) and mechanical repair records. You will need to get these from the trucking company. Sometimes, this can require a court order. Experienced truck accident attorneys understand the issues involved in truck accidents and knows how to gather the evidence you need to prove negligence.

The negligent party should be responsible for any damages caused by the crash. For example, you may be owed money for your medical bills, medications, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering following a severe injury. You can count on our legal team to handle the issues to resolve your case. At the same time, you focus on recovering from your injuries. You should not have to worry about paying your medical costs.


At Baumgartner Law Firm, we have obtained millions of dollars for our 18-wheeler accident clients, and we are here to help you, also. Contact us at Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free initial consultation.



Greg Baumgartner

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Greg Baumgartner has practiced personal injury law since 1984. He holds not one but two law degrees and is a graduate of Trial Lawyers College. He is licensed in Texas and Colorado. Mr. Baumgartner has earned a reputation for exemplary results for his clients. And has been preeminent rated for decades and recognized by Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Expertise, Newsweek, Houstonia magazine, and many others. He has given educational talks to lawyers and many media interviews regarding personal injury cases.