In recognizing the enormous potential for damages and injuries resulting from tractor-trailer crashes, it becomes imperative that trucking companies not only ensure their drivers are roadworthy, but that the vehicles they operate are safe as well.
There are a wide variety of firms that own and/or operate large trucks, but they are all governed by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
With regard to FMCSA Rule 396.3, every motor carrier and intermodal equipment provider is required to systematically inspect, repair and maintain all vehicles subject to its control. All accessories and parts have to be in safe and proper operating condition, including but not limited to:
- Frame and frame assemblies;
- Suspension systems;
- Axles and attaching parts;
- Rims and wheels;
- Steering systems.