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Why truck maintenance is crucial to reducing accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2024 | Trucking Defense

Big rigs are on the road for many days carrying shipments weighing tens of thousands of pounds. When you consider how long semi trucks are on the road, how fast they go, how many miles they accumulate per trip and many other factors, it is clear that these vehicles need regular maintenance. 

Without proper maintenance, wear and tear and mechanical issues can increase the likelihood of serious auto accidents. Possibly the only way to prevent this from happening is to ensure these vehicles receive regular maintenance from highly skilled mechanics. It is the trucking companies’ responsibility to see that their vehicles are getting the proper care to prevent traffic accidents. Here is what often needs to be done to maintain these large vehicles: 

What is checked for during truck maintenance? 

Semi trucks should receive frequent pre-trip and post-trip inspections to identify potential issues that could lead to major problems if the truck goes without maintenance for too long. Some of the major concerns that mechanics look for include: 

  • Checking tires, brakes, lights, reflectors and suspension for wear and damage
  • Checking tires for deflation, holes and tread depth
  • Checking for electrical issues with headlights, taillights and turn signals
  • Cleaning windows, mirrors and reflectors for cracks and debris 
  • Changing oil, filters and brakes
  • Checking for oil, coolant and wiper fluid leaks
  • Checking for battery and wire corrosion

A quick visual inspection is often not enough. Vehicle parts can wear down quicker depending on how long a vehicle was on the road and weather conditions. 

When a big rig does not receive proper care, it increases the risk of auto accidents. A truck could suffer from tire blowouts, brake failures, steering malfunctions and other issues. 

Trucking companies may be held responsible for damages if they do not create standard maintenance policies. However, a mechanic or trucker may have failed to follow policies, putting others and a trucking company at risk for damages. Trucking companies can learn about their legal options to defend themselves from auto accident claims.