When the parts on a truck are defective, they pose a serious danger to their drivers and other motorists. Unfortunately, defective truck parts are not always visible and can lead to truck accidents and injuries if they are not overlooked. Let us take a closer look at some of the most common defective truck parts that often cause accidents.
There are many warning signs that signify an issue with the brakes on a truck. These warning signs include vibrations, screeching sounds, fluids on the ground where a truck was parked, and dash lights. Truck drivers should monitor their brakes and watch for these signs on a regular basis so they can avoid serious repairs and keep the roads safe.
When truck drivers disregard their tires, they may cause accidents. If their tires are worn and/or incorrectly inflated, they may have challenges with handling and stability. Defective tires may cause a blowout as well.
In order to prevent tire problems, trucks should undergo routine tire inspections where the air pressure, tread depth, and tread separation can be reviewed. Tire inspectors can also review tires for cracks and ensure that they match one another.
Flawed Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers should always be in tip-top form. If a truck driver is driving during a particularly heavy rain or snow storm and their windshield wipers are malfunctioning, their visibility will drastically diminish, thus increasing their risk of causing an accident. Moreover, their chances of causing an accident will skyrocket.
Steering Mechanism Failure
A truck’s steering mechanism allows a truck driver to control the direction of the truck. The power steering pump, steering gear, tie rods, and hydraulic lines all have the potential to fail and make it difficult for a truck driver to have complete control of their vehicle.
When airbags are designed and working properly, they should deploy when a truck is involved in an accident. If they are defective, they may randomly deploy during driving and cause as serious accident.
Flawed Underride Guards
Underride guards are found at the rear of trucks and mounted under their doors, above the bottom of the tires to prevent cars from slipping under them in rear-end collisions. If a truck’s guards do not meet the minimum standards, life-threatening accidents may arise.
Contact a Will County Truck Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a truck accident, it is in your best interest to contact our Will County truck accident attorneys right away. After evaluating your case, we will determine whether a defective truck part played a role and ensure your rights are protected. For a free consultation, call 815-726-9200 today.