Professional Representation from South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers when a Poorly Maintained Truck Causes a Serious Collision
When negligence results in injury or death, our attorneys are on your side
Driving a poorly maintained truck is like pointing a deadly weapon at everyone on the road. That is no exaggeration; insurance statistics in 2013 showed that in fatal collisions between large trucks and smaller vehicles 72 percent of the deaths occurred in the smaller vehicle. Yet, instead of making sure their trucks are in safe condition, some truck companies violate the law by failing to inspect their vehicles or by ignoring mechanical problems altogether. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in South Carolina, speak with an experienced attorney at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC.
What kind of maintenance is required?
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) issues and enforces regulations that apply to the road worthiness of trucks. Federal statute (49 CFR 393), entitled Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation, specifies every part of a commercial motor vehicle that must be inspected and kept in good operating condition. The law states: “Every employer and employee shall comply and be conversant with the requirements and specifications of this part. No employer shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, or cause or permit it to be operated, unless it is equipped in accordance with the requirements and specifications of this part.”
While the list of requirements is comprehensive, some of the parts which require regular maintenance include:
- Headlights, brake lights and other reflective surfaces
- Fuel systems
- Coupling devices
- Heater systems
- Sleeper cars
- Power units
- Electrical components
- Gear shifters
Dangerous defects in the nation’s trucks would be rare if all trucking companies adhered to these federal safety regulations. True, there are expenses involved in doing so, and some of them are significant; but balancing them against human lives is never an acceptable cost control strategy.
How is a truck accident that involves poor maintenance investigated?
Whatever the cause of your truck accident, we can help. The South Carolina truck accident attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have years of experience handling accidents that have complicated contributing factors, and investigate each case thoroughly in order to prove the cause of an accident. We begin an investigation by serving legal notice to the trucking carrier that they must preserve all physical evidence, including the truck itself. We then subpoena the drivers’ logs and employment record, truck maintenance records, ECM records and other important records which, by law, must be preserved. In this way the trucking company is prevented from “losing” evidence. Trust us to identify and hold the responsible parties legally and financially accountable to their victims.
Put your trust in the South Carolina law firm that puts people first
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC’s team of hard-working, no-nonsense South Carolina truck accident lawyers has extensive experience advocating for individuals and families let us help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, today. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by an experienced South Carolina truck accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. We proudly serve people throughout the state from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.