Truck Inspections & Operations
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Truck inspections are an important part of regular truck maintenance. Regular inspections can help spot potential signs of trouble before they turn into full-blown problems that can jeopardize the safety of both the truck and the other drivers it shares the road with. While visual inspections should be conducted frequently, they’re a responsibility that’s often overlooked. This increases the risk of a potentially devastating accident. However, it also increases the trucking company’s liability should the missed inspection fail to catch a problem that then results in an accident.
At McNabola & Associates, LLC, our Chicago truck accident lawyers have helped numerous clients navigate the complexities of their case with confidence. We have put evidence like inspection records to work for our clients, fighting to show that negligence on behalf of the trucking company resulted in our clients’ injuries and the pain and suffering they have endured. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we’re extremely proud of our reputation for success that has led so many clients to trust us to defend their rights and their best interests. In fact, founding attorney Ted McNabola has won 97 percent of the cases he’s accepted on behalf of his clients. Let us show you what our trial-tested skill and more than 60 years of experience can do for your case.
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The Importance of Regular Truck Inspections
Because commercial trucks are so immense and carry such heavy payloads at high speeds, it’s pivotal that every single component is working correctly for the maximum amount of safety. Even a minor flaw could significantly hinder the truck’s ability to stop, turn, slow down, or do other actions it needs to do in order to navigate safely.
Thorough inspections will regularly inspect the following systems:
- Navigation lights
- Turn signals
- Electrical connections
- Towing hardware
- Emergency doors & windows
How Often Should Trucks Be Inspected?
A commercial truck needs to be inspected at the very minimum every 90 days and records of inspections must be kept for a minimum of two years. Additionally, drivers are required to make minor visual inspections to make sure their vehicle is in “safe operating condition” under 49 CFR §396.13.
Drivers also need to regularly check their payload to make sure it’s safe and hasn’t shifted to the point where it may come loose during transportation. Drivers must stop within the first 50 miles of their trip to check the load and then stop again every three hours or 150 miles, whichever happens first, in order to re-check their payload and make sure it’s secure.
A missed inspection could be seen as negligence on the part of the driver or truck operator, making them liable for the damages that the damaged truck causes.
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