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Shoddy Maintenance and Trucking Accidents

Maintaining trucks in good working order can help save lives

In early July, the brakes on a Mack truck failed while it was headed down a Florida highway. The truck driver steered into the median, crossed over the median and plowed into oncoming traffic. The Mack truck hit an Acura which then collided with a Kia. The Mack truck also hit the Kia.

Unfortunately, the driver of the Kia was killed.

Although initial news reports do not indicate whether the company that owned the Mack truck performed regular brake maintenance and vehicle inspections, when it comes to commercial trucks, regular maintenance is not only a good idea, it may be may be required under state or federal law.

If you or someone you love has been injured or a loved one has been killed in a trucking accident, contact the Missouri personal injury lawyers at The S.E. Farris Law Firm. Call 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937) today for a free consultation.

Commercial Truck Maintenance in Missouri

Tractor trailers and commercial trucks that are involved in interstate commerce, meaning that they cross state lines, are subject to The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration safety regulations.  The FMCSA requires companies to regularly inspect the frame, suspension, axles, wheels, steering mechanism and braking system.

Missouri had adopted the FMCSA’s safety regulations, Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 390 through 397, and made them state law. That means that commercial trucks that travel only in Missouri are also subject to the same inspection and maintenance requirements.

Contact a St. Louis Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a truck accident, contact the St. Louis personal injury lawyers at The S.E. Farris Law Firm as soon as possible. The time to pursue a claim against a negligent trucking company or driver is limited. Evidence that may help establish liability could be lost or destroyed as a result of a delay. Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced Missouri trucking accident attorney as soon as possible so that an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident can be conducted and that your rights are protected.

Call 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937) today for a free consultation.

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