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Truck Braking Accidents

While large truck manufacturers are constantly creating new ways to make large trucks safer, the weight of trucks will always impede their braking ability. A typical passenger car is able to stop from 60 miles per hour in less than 150 feet, while it is not usual for a truck to exceed 250 feet when stopping from the same distance. Unfortunately, when an unforeseen situation arises that renders hard braking is necessary, an accident may be inevitable even for the most experienced truck driver.

Reasons for Truck Braking Accidents

There are countless reasons why a truck braking accident may occur, but the root cause is often that the truck brakes are inherently bad. These ineffective brakes frequently cause truck drivers to sparingly use their vehicle’s brakes and this minimal usage can lead to accidents as well. Some of the most common reasons for truck braking accidents include:

  • Ineffectiveness of engine braking
  • Mechanical failure
  • Distracted driving
  • Excessive brake wear
  • Tire wear
  • Trailer overload

There are many factors that are important to the braking effectiveness of a vehicle, including many of the above. Despite the fact that truck drivers receive extensive training in hard braking, truck braking accidents still occur far too frequently.

Contact a Truck Braking Accident Attorney

Due to the large mass of these trucks, the force of impact from a braking accident often leads to severe injuries and involves multiple cars. If you or someone you know was involved in a trucking accident caused by improper braking, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your suffering. The legal professionals of Williams Hart will work with you to design an aggressive legal plan to help you recover compensation for your losses. Call our office at (800)-220-9341 to speak with our legal professionals.