Many truck accidents are directly the fault of the conduct of the driver, like when a driver operates the vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or is too tired to drive.
However, many other wrecks are caused by problems with the truck itself. In fact, according to a study done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29% of all commercial truck accidents involve brake failure.
With so many complex components, and the colossal weight of the truck, brakes must be maintained regularly or the risk of catastrophic failure increase.
Trained and experienced mechanics, on a regular basis, must inspect and alleviate issues such as poor air pressure, condensation, adjustment, worn out components, and over heading. Without proper inspection, brakes will not function correctly.
This is why improper maintenance is the principle cause of most brake failures. Truck drivers are required by law to operate their rigs with working brakes at all times.
Still, due to time and money constraints, or out of pure laziness, many trucks on the road have defective braking systems.
When improper maintenance of brakes causes a truck wreck, the injured driver is entitled to recover from the truck driver and the trucking company, among others.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident caused by bad brakes, and you are unsure of what to do next, it is very important that you call and speak to one of our experienced injury lawyers today.