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3 mechanical issues in semi-trucks that may cause accidents

While traversing North Carolina highways, you may sometimes feel like a little fish in a big pond. Semi-trucks careen through city after city, providing necessary services to residents.

However, when something fails mechanically with one of these big rigs, it can have significant consequences for those on the road with them. Three main mechanical issues may lead a semi to careen out of control and take one or more cars out with it.

1. Tire failure

You have probably seen the black tread of tires scattered throughout roadways and medians. Tires can shed their rubber outer shell if they become worn enough. A compromised tire is a ticking time bomb for a truck driver. He or she has very little notice that something is amiss. Regular and thorough inspections of tires before hitting the road may help. Keeping a log of how many miles traveled on each tire may also help gauge when they may need replacing before failure.

2. Brake failure

Mountain passes have truck pull-off areas to help stop large rigs from speeding out of control on the descent due to lost brakes. However, brakes may fail at any time, not just when going downhill. Brake failure makes it impossible for a truck to stop. If the roadway is busy enough, the truck may wind up taking out many cars before coming to a stop. Drivers should perform routine brake checks before heading out.

3. Electrical system glitches

Semi-trucks have come a long way technologically. As such, drivers have come to rely on the computer and electrical system to aid in their journey. If this system malfunctions, the truck battery may die without the driver knowing, the starter may fail to engage or the alternator may not hold a charge. These functions can create a problem if the truck is in motion or slows down to stop in traffic or at a light and stalls.

Truck accidents cause catastrophic injuries in many cases because of their size and power. If you get in a collision with a truck due to mechanical issues, it is a good idea to speak to a personal injury attorney in your area for help in recovering your losses.

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