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Failure to Maintain Brakes

Brakes are an essential part of any vehicle, from motorcycles to passenger cars to semi trucks. Thus, no matter the automobile, brake failure can be devastating. However, brake malfunctions can be especially catastrophic for 18-wheelers and semi trucks, as these large commercial vehicles can weigh up to 80,000. Brake failure for these trucks can cause a number of frightening and potentially deadly accidents, including rollovers, jackknifing, and collisions with nearby vehicles or pedestrians.

Unfortunately, these accidents are all too often a result of a trucking company’s failure to adequately inspect and update its trucks’ brake systems. Because it is the duty of trucking companies to ensure that their trucks receive the maintenance checks and repairs necessary to keeping them functioning properly, they can be held accountable for any accidents that occur when they fail to fulfill this important responsibility.

Common Brake Problems

Not only do brakes naturally wear out over time due to use, but they can also become defective if they suffer damage in accidents or other incidents. As such, it’s critical for trucking companies to regularly check all trucks in their fleets for the following:

  • Low brake fluid
  • Worn out / damaged brake pads
  • Rusted or sticking shoe adjusters
  • Worn brake linings
  • Warped / defective brake rotors

Trucking companies that endanger their drivers and others on the road due to improper brake maintenance should not be tolerated, but fortunately, they can be held responsible for any damages they cause due to this negligence.

What You Can Do

Sadly, when a trucking company neglects to perform required maintenance on its trucks’ brakes, the truck drivers and innocent motorists nearby are the ones who suffer the consequences. In these situations, the victims of accidents caused by improperly maintained brakes may be unsure of their rights and options when it comes to seeking compensation. If you have been hurt in a truck accident due to brake failure, get the information and assistance you need by filling out the form at the top of this page today.