Truck Maintenance Tips
The American Truck Association reports that on average most truck drivers will travel between 100,000 to 110,000 miles each year. Collectively, commercial truck drivers cover approximately 128 BILLION miles each year, which is the equivalent of taking 135,000 cross country trips a day. With truck drivers traveling so many miles, it is imperative that commercial vehicles are maintained regularly.
One of the leading factors for truck accidents is equipment failure. If you or a loved one was injured in truck accident at no fault of your own, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Contact a Phoenix truck accident lawyer today to explore your legal options.
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Trucking companies need to inspect their vehicles on regular basis to ensure that the auto parts are not faulty. Listed below are some truck maintenance tips that should be followed by all trucking companies:
- Check the engine oil regularly
- Check the brakes and brake rotators on a regular basis
- Inspect the tire tread depth
- Check the tire sidewalls to ensure there are no tears or chafing
- Make sure that the windshield wipers are working correctly
- Make sure that there are no leaks in the coolant system
- Inspect the HVAC belts and hoses
- Check all hitch connections
- Check power steering fluid and hydraulic lines for leaks
- Inspect the trucks engine regularly
Truck maintenance tips are meant to keep the truck driver and the other motorists on the road safe.
If you were involved in a truck accident that was caused by vehicle failure, contact Phillips Law Group today.
Compliance of Federal Regulations
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has specific regulations regarding the maintenance of commercial vehicles. Often, the DOT will set up roadside check points to make sure that trucking companies are complying with the regulations.
The check points that are held by the DOT are a shirt inspection conducted by an authorized employee. In addition, commercial vehicles must undergo an annual inspection that to ensure that the vehicle is operating safely.
Statistics on Arizona Truck Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 276,000 truck accidents occurred in the United States. Listed below are some surprising statistics on truck collisions in Arizona:
- In 2011, commercial trucks and buses were involved in 12,351 accidents.
- Tow trucks were involved in 132 accidents.
- The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that 2,587 tractor-trucks were involved in accidents.
- More than 1,200 truck drivers were injured in vehicle collisions.
- In 2011, there were 125 commercial trucks that were involved in alcohol-related crashes.
Vehicle accidents are costly for the State of Arizona. The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that motor vehicle accident cost Arizona $2.8 billion in 2011.
Phoenix Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from an Arizona truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Accident victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage.
At Phillips Law Group, we urge all accident victims to speak with an attorney following an accident. An attorney can review the circumstances of your crash and recommend the best course of action to pursue.
Our legal team has successfully handled all types of Arizona truck accident cases.
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