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San Jose improper maintenance truck crash lawyerSemi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are already challenging to control when all of their parts are working properly. If a part malfunctions due to insufficient or improper maintenance, it may be enough to cause a serious accident. Truck accidents account for thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities in California every year, and improper maintenance is a factor in many of these cases. If you have been injured in a crash with a truck, you may be able to pursue compensation from multiple negligent parties.

Common Faulty Parts in a Truck Crash

If any of the following truck parts are poorly maintained, they may fail at an inopportune moment and lead to a crash:

  • Brakes - Working brakes are crucial to ensure that a truck can slow or come to a stop if necessary to avoid a collision. When brakes fail on the highway, a truck can easily lose control of its speed.

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On Sep. 19, the California Highway Patrol responded to a fatal semi-truck accident on Highway 299 outside of Round Mountain. According to troopers, the crash happened when a semitrailer traveling east on the roadway entered a curve at an estimated speed of 50 mph, which caused a container of building debris to fall from the truck's flatbed trailer and into the opposite lane. A collision ensued between the first semi-truck and another westbound tractor-trailer, and the 50-year-old male driver of the latter vehicle was killed in the crash.

Authorities did not believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident. Both lanes of the highway were reportedly shut down for about nine hours, and a team was dispatched to the scene to clean a gas spill from the roadway.

The 45-year-old male cousin of the decedent was also in the truck and suffered injuries. The driver of the eastbound semitrailer and his 44-year-old passenger were also injured in the crash. The three were hospitalized and had been released as of Sept. 21.

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