A recent example of the deadly consequences for failing to properly maintain a vehicle was a truck crash that occurred in Nevada in 2011. A tractor-trailer failed to stop at an active railroad crossing and collided with an Amtrak train bound for California. The driver, train conductor and four train passengers were killed in the accident. An additional 16 passengers and crewmembers were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducted an investigation into the incident. It was concluded that various improper brake maintenance procedures and incorrect brake set-up contributed to the accident.
Vehicles that have been improperly maintained are potentially dangerous, even deadly, when taken onto the road. Unfortunately, such motor vehicles are often driven despite their unsafe condition. Recently, a multimillion-dollar verdict was won by a Pennsylvania plaintiff in a case where a truck had not been properly maintained and that failure was the immediate cause of an accident resulting in injuries to the plaintiff.
According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, brake problems are fairly common in trucks. They are an associated factor in nearly 30 percent of large truck crashes.
The California Office of Traffic Safety offers a vehicle safety checklist that commercial truckers and drivers of passenger cars can both use to ensure your trips are as safe as possible.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, a knowledgeable San Diego personal injury attorney can properly evaluate and prepare your case.