Chicago Truck Accident Attorneys Fighting for People Injured in Accidents with Unsafe Commercial Vehicles

Strong advocacy when Illinois drivers and truckers fail to conduct proper and regular inspections

Trucks are difficult to control in the best of circumstances. Drivers of especially large trucks need a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The likelihood of truck accidents is much worse when the truck is not in proper condition to be driven. Trucks that have faulty equipment, bald tires, excessive loads, and un-working parts can cause deadly crashes and catastrophic injuries.

Dangerous trucks should not be allowed on the road. That is why there are federal and state laws that regulate how often inspections must be made, who must do the inspections, and how the inspections should be conducted. The Chicago truck accident attorneys at Gainsberg Law have a strong track record of helping truck accident victims get compensation for the pain and economic losses caused by irresponsible drivers and truck companies.

Inspection and maintenance requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Illinois have laws that mandate how inspections are to be conducted. Truck companies and the drivers of these trucks should have a system in place that both review before any truck trip starts. The driver should also have a separate checklist for each stage of the journey. Some of the many items that need to be inspected are:

  • The steering mechanism
  • The brakes
  • Every tire
  • The lights
  • The ability of the truck to decouple
  • All electrical components
  • The energy lines
  • The cargo

Any items that would normally be inspected during a yearly inspection should also be considered for the checklist.

Who’s liable?

The burden to conduct the inspections falls primarily on the owners of the trucks. They’re the ones who place the truck on the road. The drivers can be shown to be liable by our Chicago truck accident attorneys, too, if they fail to follow the law or the instructions. Maintenance companies and repair crews can also be liable if they fail to make the necessary repairs.

The inspections and the repair work should be recorded so that it is clear what was inspected, what was fixed, and when. Truck drivers should also be trained to pull off the road if the truck isn’t working instead of soldiering through to the next stop. Operators should know how to do some basic repairs themselves such as fixing flat tires.

Let our Chicago truck accident attorneys protect your rights

At Gainsberg Law, we understand the duties of truckers, truck companies, and repair shops. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers work with trucking professionals when needed to help prove that an accident was due to the failure of trucking entities to meet their legal obligations and the standard of care other truck companies regularly meet. We demand payment for all of your medical bills, lost income, and the daily physical pain and emotional upset that comes with every type of injury. Please call for help now. Our lawyers are ready to help. You can reach us at 312-313-1621 or complete our contact form.