We rely on commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to transport people and products
across the country. Because they serve such a vital part of our economy,
trucks should be in peak working order to ensure businesses get products
for their customers. However, CMV maintenance is also crucial because
of the potential CMVs have to cause damage. A truck with a bald tire or
a defective, for example, might be unable to come to a full stop before
hitting a person or another car on the road.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ensures all companies
and truck owners are responsible for systematically checking their trucks
for proper function. They are required by federal law to inspect, repair,
and maintain all motor vehicles subject to their control.
These federal regulations require CMV owners to check that all parts and
accessories are in safe and proper condition always, and that pushout
windows, emergency doors, and emergency door marking lights are inspected
at least every 90 days.
To demonstrate these services are rendered, vehicles controlled for more
than 30 consecutive days need to maintain records indicating the following:
- Identification of the vehicle, including company number, make, serial number,
year, and tire size
- Nature and due date of various inspection and maintenance operations to
- Record of inspection, repairs, and maintenance showing date and type
- Record of tests conducted on pushout windows, emergency doors, and emergency
door marking lights on buses
Drivers are also required to complete a daily written post-trip inspection
report at the end of each driving day to identify any defects or deficiencies
If any of these regulations are ignored, truck owners and drivers can be
issued violations and charged fines. Likewise, if improperly maintained
vehicles cause property damage or severe injury, the injured party could
pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the owner.
Talk to one of our skilled
Wichita truck accident attorneys if you or a loved one were harmed by a poorly maintained truck.
Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC can offer you compassionate and reliable representation. Let us see what
we can do to help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages,
and pain and suffering.
Contact us at (316) 313-4730 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case