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Truck Accidents Caused by Poor Maintenance and Defective Equipment

Most fatal truck accidents occur in rural areas, so it is not surprising that Texas and California lead the nation in the number of fatal truck accidents each year. More than 400 people are killed every year in trucking crashes in Texas.

More than 8,000 people were injured in Texas truck accidents in 2008. That sad statistic translates into 8,000 lives forever changed by serious injuries such as brain damage, spinal cord injury, compound fractures and disfiguring burns. What makes these numbers tragic is that the majority of these accidents were avoidable.

Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys Fighting for Full and Fair Compensation

At the Houston law office of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, we have been fighting for the rights of truck accident victims since 1951. Our board-certified personal injury lawyers work tirelessly to investigate each truck crash case. We identify all possible sources of financial recovery so our clients get the money they need.

If you have been in a trucking accident caused by improper maintenance or defective equipment, talk to an Houston accident attorney today. Call 713-396-3964 (toll free 800-594-4884) or contact us online.

The Effects of Poor Truck Maintenance and Defective Truck Equipment

Trucking companies are required to keep maintenance logs and inspection records and to ensure that interstate semis and local commercial vehicles are operating properly. Poor maintenance can contribute to:

  • Brake failure
  • Steering equipment malfunction
  • Tire failure
  • Trailer problems, including issues with safe transport of freight

Operating a truck that is overweight or overloaded or one in which the cargo is improperly balanced or poorly restrained can put even more strain on weakened equipment. For example, a truck that is overweight may experience brake failure while trying to slow down suddenly. A weak or defective restraint can break, allowing the load to fall on cars beside or behind the truck.

At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, our team is trained to recognize the difference between poorly maintained trucks and defective equipment. Though regular maintenance may be performed and precautions taken, defective equipment will sabotage many safety efforts. Whether the problem is defective tires, faulty underride bars, faulty gears in cement trucks or faulty restraints on logging trucks, our thorough investigation will uncover the facts.

  • Failure To Maintain Trailer
  • Poor Truck Tire Maintenance
  • Brake Maintenance Failure

Contact Our Trucking Accident Lawyers

There are many causes of trucking accidents. Driver error, speeding, fatigue and negligence play a role in many crashes. But poor truck maintenance and trucking equipment failure due to defects can also play a part in causing or contributing to crashes. In cases of trucks carrying hazardous materials (like oil tankers), containment problems can also cause serious injury.

Though you may be grieving the loss of loved ones or recovering from significant injury, it is important to get legal representation as soon as possible to protect your rights. For a free consultation, call 713-396-3964 (toll free 800-594-4884) or contact us online. You will pay attorney's fees only if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you.