Who Is Responsible for Commercial Truck Brake Failure?
Many times there are more than one party responsible for causing the crash and therefore liable harms and losses caused in a catastrophic truck accident. We know what has to be done to find out exactly what caused the accident, who is responsible, and the name of the insurance company responsible for paying the loss. Our goal is always to get you all the money you deserve and need to get your life back and recover from your injuries.
Commercial Trucks are big. These trucks weigh over 10,000 pounds or carry hazardous materials which is why they are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to protect the public. Companies and owner-operators must follow strict rules for maintenance and have their trucks undergo regular inspections to ensure that their mechanical parts are in good repair. These trucks can weigh as much as 40 tons, and when brakes fail on the truck and cause a collision with another, smaller vehicle the results from the truck brake failure can be catastrophic.
Drivers who carry Commercial Driver’s Licenses must also abide by strict rules. CDL drivers must undergo regular substance testing, carry a medical certificate, and sometimes take vehicle-specific training.
Despite all these precautions, accidents occur frequently and often result in multiple victims sustaining severe, disabling injuries and death. Property damage from commercial truck accidents runs into the billions of dollars each year.
Causes of brake failure include:
- Brake service mechanic error
- Imbalanced or unsecured loads
- Improper maintenance of brakes
- Failure to inspect according to federal rules
- Manufacturing or design defects
- Ignoring manufacturer recalls
- Driver error
A recent Department of Transportation study found that almost one-third of commercial truck accidents are caused by brake failure on the truck. Many of these accidents are caused by the negligence of the owner, the driver, or those responsible for inspections and maintenance of the truck so that it is safe to be on the road.
Cutting Corners on Brake Maintenance is Deadly
Like many tragedies where human error is responsible, there can be many contributing factors that eventually lead to disaster, and more than one party may be held liable. In order to investigate the cause of your trucking accident, you will need a skilled team of experienced trucking accident lawyers working for you.
There are several negligent actions which could lead to a semi-truck’s brake failure. Mostly drivers and trucking companies ignore safety standards because they are trying to save a buck. Sometimes owner-operators disconnect the lines to the front brakes on a semi-truck and rely on the trailer brakes to stop the truck in order to save money on maintenance. A driver may fail to do the pre-trip brake inspection checklist required under federal law by FMCSA. Or maybe the trucking company is too busy and fails to properly train drivers or to properly perform required inspections and regular maintenance. Sometimes brake line failure is caused by the owner’s failure to replace or a faulty warning system or even remove the warning system or lights.
Isaacs & Isaacs Truck Accident Law Firm Will Fight for You
If you think their insurance company is just going to fork over the money you will need to recover from your catastrophic accident, you are mistaken. They will do all they can to point the blame, or at least part of the blame, at you.
Isaacs & Isaacs truck accident law firm has decades of experience investigating commercial truck accidents. We employ attorneys who worked in insurance defense for years before joining our firm. We are well aware of the tactics the trucking company’s insurance carriers will employ to deny or reduce your claim. In order to recover the money you deserve, you will need somebody in your corner who understands what you are up against.
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