Vehicular accidents are happening with more and more frequency in the United States. Any commuter should know that they are facing a certain amount of risk anytime he or she rides a vehicle out in roads and highways. While it may not be the case for every crash or collision, it’s a common scenario that these accidents lead to very serious injuries and even fatalities. This is particularly true for accidents involving large trucks. Due to the sheer weight and size of these vehicles, even minor collisions involving trucks and passenger vehicles can lead to devastating outcomes.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS recorded a total number of 3,602 fatalities caused by large truck accidents for the year 2013. A breakdown of this figure is as follows: 2,410 of the fatalities were of car passengers, 586 were truck operators, and 557 were pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, among the most common causes for the accidents behind these fatalities are mechanical defects and truck malfunction.

Large trucks make use of integrated mechanical and computer systems to successfully operate. Failure in any or both of these systems can cause malfunction that could then lead to a dangerous accident. Some of the common problems that occur with large trucks include brake malfunction and tire defects.

Trucks are complex vehicles that require proper maintenance and upkeep to ensure the safety of its operators and the drivers and passengers that share the road. Trucking companies and their operators have the responsibility to ensure that their vehicles are on par with safety regulations and standards to avoid any unwanted outcomes. Trucks that aren’t properly maintained can be susceptible to a host of mechanical defects and malfunction that could endanger public safety.

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