• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: September 2018

Truck Accident Caused by Poor Maintenance

Truck Accident Caused by Poor Maintenance

HOUSTON (September 13, 2018) – Thursday morning commutes were delayed by an 18-wheeler accident on 610 North. The truck blocked several lanes on the eastbound side of the freeway at Lockwood Drive.

The driver was traveling from San Juan, Texas to Knoxville, Tennessee with pallets of groceries when he noticed a small fire under the trailer.

According to the Houston Fire Department, the truck driver attempted to use a fire extinguisher, but the fire continued to spread to the truck. The driver was not injured. There were no reports on the cause of the fire or car accidents in the area.

A tractor trailer is a large truck with a long trailer attached to the back of it, commonly named as an 18-wheeler. Truck fires are not uncommon. They can happen while driving down the highway or in a parking lot. Some common causes of truck fires are electrical, exhaust systems or fluid leaks.

Trailer fires can develop due to poor maintenance from the brakes, bearings, a flat tire or oil/gas tankers. Trailer fires usually happen when the truck is in use. If the driver notices the fire and acts quickly there is a chance to avoid an accident and save the truck from becoming a total loss.

Similar to your vehicle, tractor-trailers and other trucks need regular maintenance in order to be operated safely. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations requires that a truck owner routinely inspect, repair, and maintain each truck they own. Failure to keep a truck in safe operating conditions can cause major accidents or severe injuries.

People who are involved in a truck accident are often compensated for any losses such as property damage, medical expenses, loss of income, physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Truck accidents are very costly. There is the potential loss of the 18-wheeler, the products being transported, and injuries to the people involved. It is critical to have a proper and thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident and liability.

A personal injury attorney will thoroughly evaluate your case and determine whether you can pursue a personal injury claim against the trucking company, the truck driver or the insurance company.

If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident, a Houston 18-wheeler accident lawyer can help you evaluate your options. Call (713) 987-7111 or to discuss your car accident injury case.

Sources: https://www.click2houston.com/news/tractor-trailer-fire-blocks-several-lanes-of-610-north-loop, https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/b/5/3

About the Author

Hank Stout is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. Hank earned his doctor of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law and has been actively trying personal injury cases for over ten years. He was recognized by Thompson Reuters as a Rising Star from 2012-2014 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2014 (a distinction given to less than 1% of the lawyers in the state of Texas). He has earned a Superb rating by Avvo, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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