In addition to the sheer size of large tractor trailers contributing to Sarasota truck crashes, improper maintenance is also a dangerous problem. While improper maintenance of a truck is a hazard associated with trucks of any size, it is magnified when the truck is larger. These two factors put together are a dangerous combination, resulting in devastating injuries, extensive property damage, and enormous financial costs following a Sarasota truck accident.
Just how serious is this problem?
- Large trucks that have not been properly maintained are nearly two times more likely to crash than properly maintained trucks
- Improperly maintained large trucks result in safety hazards, highway destruction, and bridge destruction
- Studies have shown that approximately three quarters of all tractor-trailer trucks involved in crashes have broken, substandard, or defective parts
- In 2007 and 2008, 20% of all tractor-trailer trucks that were inspected were disallowed from continuing to operate due to deficiencies that were found during the inspection
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released the results of The Large Truck Crash Causation Study, which found that 29% of the tractor-trailer trucks studied had brakes that were out of adjustment
Clearly, the issue of improperly maintained tractor-trailer trucks is widespread. When these trucks are double or triple trailers, the risks of human injury and property damage increase exponentially.
For more information about large trucks and improper maintenance, contact an experienced Sarasota accident attorney. Complete our online submission form or call our office at (888) 409-3805 for a complimentary consultation.