Mechanical Problems with Semi-Trucks
Semi-trucks are exposed to a lot of mechanical problems out on the open roads of Seattle, Kirkland, Bellingham, Auburn, Tacoma, Olympia and across Washington State. Sometimes the owners of these trucks are aware of this problem and they chose to ignore the problem. This will likely worsen the problem and make it costlier to fix the problem later and, at the same time, endanger people’s lives on the highways and streets of Washington State.Common Semi Truck Mechanical Problems
Below are the most common reasons for mechanical problems with semi-trucks that are involved in Washington State.
Overheating of the Engine: There are a lot of reasons that contribute to the overheating of
the engine. The most common reason is the thermostat being either stuck closed or open. So, before you check anything else, a good first step is to start by checking the thermostat. Apart from that, the leakage of the gasket and the bad water pump can also lead to overheating of the engine. This issue should be addressed as soon as it surfaces, because prolonging it could result to engine failure.
Starter failure: Starter failure is a commonality, especially in winters or colder areas. In order to keep this problem at bay, before the weather starts getting colder, it is advisable to get your truck’s starter mechanism inspected.
Brake failures and brake fluid leaks: Brakes that stop functioning in the middle of the journey are a big hindrance that plague the trucking industry. Although, there is a slew of reasons behind malfunctioning brakes, a repeat offender is leakage of compressor oil. Truck brakes, unlike passenger vehicle brakes rely on air pressure to actuate, which is why an unusual air pressure can also cause its capacity to reduce.
Oil leakage: Oil leakage will not only lessen the oil in the engine, but when the bleeding oil gets into friction with oil surroundings, it can lead to oil burning, which can be detrimental for the components of your truck’s engine. A proactive way to combat this problem would be to keep an eye out for oil spots whenever you are taking a break from the journey and ready to put your truck in parking.
Trouble with wheel bearings: For the smooth transmission of your truck on the road, there are components called wheel bearings that enable the truck to move with as little friction as possible. A problem with wheel bearings can be spotted if there is an unusual squeaking sound coming from the tires or the truck seems to be jerking. So, as soon as you come across such symptoms, it’s a good idea to get your wheel bearings checked.Mechanical Problems Related to Truck Accident Statistics
While for the US it stands true that trucks are quite regulated, there are some trucking companies or drivers that choose to ignore rules, which puts their life and the lives of other passengers on the road at risk. A federal report looked into the common mechanical problems that led to accidents and brake issues came out the be the riskiest of all the mechanical problems. Overall, brake issue is the fourth most problematic factor that leads to accidents, right after speeding, inattention and driver fatigue.
A Michigan study that found that 35% of the trucks that crashed had a safety violation. It was also discovered that if a truck has a safety violation pertaining to the brakes, it is 50% likely to have an accident. The number is alarming to say the least.Inspections Semi-Trucks Needs to be on the Road in Washington State
Failure to keep up with the federal rules and regulations puts the life of any one on the road at risk and the blame not just falls onto the driver but the trucking company as well. Therefore, it should be number one priority to comply by the trucking standards. It is crucial to inspect the truck thoroughly before letting it hit the road.
To ensure that your semi-truck is capable of being on the road without breaking down, you should do the following inspections:
- Brake and fuel systems
- Cargo securement and coupling devices
- Exhausts, steering system, and lighting devices
- Suspensions, tires and wheel assemblies
- Electrical cables and components in the engine area and battery compartment
If you have been injured by a semi-truck that has hit you because of mechanical failure,
chances are that your injuries are very serious. While you may be experiencing any number of symptoms and injuries, the most common ones we see are:
- Concussion, including traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Fractures and bone breaks
- Eye injuries
Seeing a doctor immediately is best for you and finding the right doctor is also very
important. Seeing a primary family doctor, chiropractor, osteopath and physiatrist is probably best for you.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
Getting involved in a truck accident can’t be anything less than catastrophic. When you start to look at the laws and regulations associated with these accidents, they tend to get quite complicated. A person involved in an accident like that should consult a lawyer especially since there are so many underlying policies of the trucking company that he can help you with. In addition to that, truckers tend to hide facts and evidence if it isn’t immediately recorded, so your best bet to get a good settlement is to resort to a lawyer.
It is almost certain that the insurance company for the trucking company is not going to be pleasant to work with. They are going to fight, in most cases, to pay any amount of money at all. We have the resources and experience necessary to make sure your settlement is successful. Failing this, we will do everything we can to present your case in the best possible light at trial if we cannot come to an out of court agreement.
The Jackman Law Firm can make sure you receive the compensation you are legally allowed to receive. This includes money for your medical bills, past and future, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, and pain and suffering for your injuries. While this process is long and hard-fought, having us on your side will make a world of difference in the outcome of your case.
Call us for a free consultation.