Are Commercial Trucks Often Recalled For Defects?Mississippi Legal News
Defects, while uncommon, are a concern for any motorist. The prospect of another vehicle, or even your own, losing control or failing to protect you can be terrifying, and this is all the more true when considering the severity of 18-wheeler accidents. Commercial recalls serve to keep potentially dangerous vehicles off of the road, but how frequently are they actually necessary?
The Likelihood and Necessity of Recalls
Trucks are the most dangerous vehicles on the road for the largest number of people, period. Motorcycles can present a severe risk to a lone rider and their passengers, but trucks are quite the opposite—a truck driver is often extensively shielded by the mass and make of their vehicle, but that same mass means that anything they hit is likely to be totaled and its occupants, killed. For this reason, trucks are subjected to strict legal requirements for inspection, repair, and maintenance, which, normally, means that defects aren’t frequently present—and when they’re discovered, it’s often before the truck gets on the road for the first time. This leads to just 10% of all truck accidents being caused by the truck itself; by and large, inspections and regulations are effective, if not foolproof.
The National Highway Traffic Safety administration handles commercial recalls for all vehicles, trucks included. Recalls become necessary once a safety-related defect is found within a vehicle or vehicle component/ equipment; alternatively, when safety standards are not complied with, the NHTSA may also issue a recall. Let’s first define a “safety-related defect,” which is one that:
- Poses a genuine risk to the safety of motorists.
- May exist in multiple vehicles within a group of manufacture.
- Might cause a serious truck accident.
This means that certain defects and damages do not constitute recalls; for example, a defect marked by a warped driver side door handle that makes it somewhat difficult to enter the vehicle, while annoying, likely wouldn’t pose a significant safety hazard in most contexts. Conversely, if a vehicle does have a severe safety hazard present, but one that is unique to that vehicle, that would simply be damage and not a safety-related defect; no recall would be issued, but the vehicle in question would be requisitioned and repaired. In the context of trucks, certain types of defects are more common than others:
- Issues with airbag deployment.
- Defective brakes.
- Damaged tires or tire rims.
- Nonfunctional brake lights.
Defective Truck Accident Claims in Mississippi
Unfortunately, defects in trucks are usually discovered via reports from drivers, meaning that many defective trucks remain in use for a short while before the NHTSA conducts an investigation. If you were hurt in a truck accident, somebody needs to be held accountable—depending on the nature of the defect, that could be the manufacturer, the company, or even the driver themselves for performing lax inspections.
Proving that a defect played a role in your accident can be easier than one might expect—a truck’s black box records mechanical data, including activation times of airbags and braking logs, which can help prove lax inspection and manufacturing defects.
You deserve compensation for catastrophic accidents, and we can help. Schedule a free consultation today by calling us at (601) 401-6884, and talk to a compassionate, knowledgeable truck accident attorney in Mississippi who can answer any questions you might have about defective trucks, auto accidents at large, and the claims process.