Understandably, one of the top concerns for drivers in New Mexico is not other drivers but large trucks, such as those hauling cargo. Cargo trucks are a vital part of the economy, and thus, there is no avoiding this issue. However, trucking companies and state governments do take action towards making the road environment that much safer for drivers. Unfortunately, some truck drivers and companies may not take these efforts to protect people that seriously. The following includes further information on the issue of truck service violations.
Are all trucking violations dangerous?
When people outside the trucking industry hear the term truck service violation, they may believe that the entire truck is a danger to others. In some cases, the answer is yes, but not all the time. Trucks often go through inspection stations and either pass or are stopped for a violation. These can range from needing new brakes to a broken windshield wiper that could be fixed within minutes. All this is done to help prevent accidents from occurring.
When inspectors discover violations on a truck, they must report to the Department of Transportation (DOT). This will provide DOT with valuable data that details some of the most common violations inspectors find, which includes:
- Tire wear and tear
- Faulty brakes
- Unsecured cargo
- Lack of proper driver certification
Truck accidents and evidence
Unfortunately, accidents will occur between a civilian driver and a truck. In this case, you must ensure that you collect the proper evidence to prove that the accident was not your fault, so you can obtain compensation from the trucking company. The best way to do so is to seek inspection station documents. Every driver must have a collection of these documents. Often, drivers will avoid inspection stations to make good time, and thus, truck violations go unchecked. This could be critical evidence that the truck driver was at fault.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident with a truck, it is critical that you obtain legal representation ASAP. This may ensure that your case is processed rapidly and that you receive the proper compensation for your injuries or property loss.