Brake Failure Accident Lawyers | McCready Law
Accidents that involve commercial trucks are more often than not caused by mechanical issues, with the most common being brake failure and overused or defective tires. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over thirty percent of all crashes that involve trucks each year are due to faulty brake mechanics, outright brake failure as well as brakes that are not in alignment due to poor or no maintenance.
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How and Why Brake Failure Accidents Happen
The braking system is perhaps one of the most critical systems on any vehicle, especially trucks and semis on our highways. This is because it takes both time and effort for these huge multi-ton vehicles to come to a complete stop. Brake failure therefore is about the worst thing that can occur on the road, and it may cause multiple car crashes as well as numerous fatalities. According to regulations by the DOT, truck drivers are required to examine a vehicle’s braking mechanism before setting out on the road for each trip. However, these drivers are often rushed and pressed to deliver as many packages as they can within a short timeframe so that the company can maintain, if not surpass their margins. This illegal and unsafe practice is commonplace, and it is usually uncovered after a truck accident when investigators try to piece together what happened in the moments leading up to an accident.
Brake Failure Accidents are Catastrophic
Braking system failure in trucks will cause the body of the truck to jackknife as it slides down the highway and into traffic. This usually catches motorists unawares, leading to a car pileup and multiple highway accidents.
Here are some of the most common causes of truck brake failure accidents:
- Overloading trucks with heavy cargo past the mandated federal maximum
- A manufacturer defect
- Poor or infrequent breaking system maintenance
- Distracted driving
- Failure to carry out regular truck inspections
- Brake system design errors
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As an injured party, you can file a claim against the trucking company, driver, maintenance individuals and even the truck’s manufacturer if there was a manufacturing or design defect that caused the accident. It may be possible to file a claim to recover for wrongful death, the cost of medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral costs and punitive damages. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident and are looking for legal answers, please give us a call TODAY at 1 (773) 825-3547 for more information regarding your rights. We work on a contingency fee basis, and we don’t get paid until we recover compensation on your behalf. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.