Big Rigs - Poor Maintenance Responsible for Accidents

Poorly maintained commercial trucks are a common cause of fatal 18-wheeler and other heavy truck accidents. Society needs to hold the Commercial Trucking Companies who operate 18 wheelers and other heavy trucks responsible for not having proper inspections and maintenance on their trucks.


Failure to maintain the tires, hydraulic brakes or cabs of a heavy tractor-trailer rig frequently results in major, devastating accidents. Negligence in properly maintaining an 18 wheeler or other heavy trucks can sometimes be the trucking company’s responsibility. Sometimes the company has a maintenance contractor. Sometimes the driver, even if they don’t own the truck, can be responsible. Frequently evidence of any negligent or inadequate maintenance procedures can be difficult to discern and the evidence of it can be ambiguous and difficult to understand. You need to work with an attorney who works closely with experienced technical experts and accident reconstruction specialists who understand maintenance issues and who can figure out the actual cause of any 18-wheeler, or other heavy truck, accident and testify properly to identify all the parties who are at fault in any particular accident. By using Texas government records, Federal Department of Transportation records and the relevant company records that drivers and trucking companies must create and maintain, our industry experts and attorneys carefully examine and document all aspects of each case. We always examine the “Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Record,” the “Drivers' Daily Vehicle Condition Report”, the on board computer for each vehicle, all company records and other operating and maintenance records. From these documents, we and the rest of your team can usually determine whether the truck was being maintained properly and if the records of that maintenance are in good order. These facts will go a long way towards getting you the compensation you deserve after such devastating accidents.

The defendant trucking company and/or insurance carrier will try and prove that the maintenance was proper and within the rules. Our experts and attorneys can put the right holes in these arguments and get to the truth.

In truck accident cases which involve inadequate or improper vehicle maintenance, multiple parties are often liable. Our attorneys thoroughly and fully review all relevant data and information to figure out who is really at fault. After that, our team goes to work building the strongest case possible against the driver and or responsible operating and/or maintenance companies. We put together settlement packages. If that does not work, we do not for a moment hesitate to take the next step and bring everyone to court. In Court, we let a jury decide who was at fault and who gets compensated.

After a serious and severe accident, the surviving family and/or injured parties may feel that they are overwhelmed by financial, emotional and medical concerns. However true this is, it is always very important to retain an experienced law firm to look after your interests. We are, and can be for you, that experienced party in your corner.

Are you in Corpus Christi? Have you been in an accident with an 18 wheeler or other big rig?

Give Carabin Shaw a call. We can help. Call us at 361.444.1111, local if you’re in Corpus Christi.

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