There is a reason that the trucking industry in Louisiana is so regulated. Trucks are very useful when operated correctly, but can be very dangerous when they are not. Truck accidents are very devastating and can be caused by a number of different factors. Some of them are not entirely the driver's fault though. Sometimes the truck may have a mechanical malfunction that leads to the truck losing control.
That is why it is so important that the truck is in good working condition when it is on the road. In a previous post we discussed that the truck drivers are required to inspect the truck before and after trips, but the truck must also go through a much more extensive inspection periodically and these inspections must occur at a minimum one time per year.
This inspection includes the entire brake system, which means that the service brakes, the parking brakes, the brake drums or rotors, the brake hose, the brake tubing, the hydraulic brakes and any other components of the brake system is in good working order. The inspection also includes all components of the coupling devices, the exhaust system, fuel system, lighting system, steering mechanism, suspension, the truck frame, tires and pretty much any other aspect of the truck.
If the truck does not fix any defects in these components or does not go through these inspections, it could cause an accident. These accidents are often times very devastating for the victims and can completely change their lives.
Unfortunately, there are many truck accidents in Louisiana each year. The victims of these accidents may suffer severe injuries, which can be very costly. The victims may be entitled to compensation for the injuries though, especially if the truck malfunctioned due to not having the proper maintenance. Experienced attorneys understand the trucking regulations and may be able to help one receive the proper compensation.
Source: ecfr.gov, "Title 49, Part 396 § 396.17 - Periodic Inspections" accessed on August 31, 2017