Los Angeles Truck Maintenance Accident Attorneys
Holding Companies Accountable for Failure to Maintain Their Vehicles
Commercial trucks are important – whether transporting products across the city, state, or country, making deliveries, or driving with passengers. We trust these companies to also keep their vehicles running safely. When commercial motor vehicles are not maintained, serious collisions can occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash with a commercial truck, take action and hold that trucking company accountable. You’re not powerless, and you do have options to seek compensation. Call the Los Angeles truck accident lawyers at Novik & Stanley, A Professional Law Corporation, at (818) 305-6041 to set up a free consultation.
Proper Vehicle Maintenance
Businesses that use commercial trucks are responsible for making sure they keep their employees and the general public safe. They need to be careful when hiring a driver and make sure drivers have proper training, but their responsibility extends to maintaining their fleet vehicles as well. Commercial trucks are heavier than other cars on the road, especially loaded with cargo, which makes them much more destructive in a collision.
To keep semi-trucks running safely, businesses must meet federal and state standards for maintenance on these trucks. This includes regular inspections of important parts on the trucks, such as the brakes, tires, and the engine itself. Competent maintenance staff must be hired, trained, and allowed to do their jobs so the vehicles are kept in good running condition.
Reasons for a Failure to Maintain Vehicles
Maintenance takes money: the cost of repairs, the downtime due to inspections, and the need to pay skilled laborers to perform these tasks. Profits at a business are simple: the less a company spends, the more it makes.
As such, trucking companies often reduce spending on vehicle maintenance in order to maximize profits. By failing to hire a repair company, encouraging staff to skip or speed through inspections, and refusing to replace worn parts in a timely manner, a company can directly contribute to a truck wreck. And on the crowded freeways of Los Angeles, that can be a disaster.
Call a Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer
In the wake of a serious truck crash, figuring out what happened and who is at fault can be difficult. While California Highway Patrol may be involved in some situations, if the truck company is in violation of a federal or state law, it will lead to a fine, but that does not help the innocent people injured by the crash. An experienced and knowledgeable L.A. injury attorney is important here, since we can work with investigators and experts to figure out what went wrong and hold the trucking company accountable.
For example, we can interview employees of a company to determine if there is a culture of unsafe practices. Documenting failures to maintain safe conditions, getting witness statements, and showing how these things caused an accident are all crucial to holding these companies liable for their recklessness.
This is not something you should try to handle on your own. You need an experienced L.A. auto accident attorney to represent you and fight for your rights. Call Novik & Stanley at (818) 305-6041 and put us to work for you.
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