Mechanical failures are one of the leading causes of truck accidents and brake failures along with defective tires cause a large percentage of such crashes. The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently revealed that nearly 30% of all commercial truck accidents involve brake related issues, such as brake failure or improperly adjusted brakes.
If you have been injured in a large truck accident, it is imperative that you know the common causes of brake and tire failure so that you can investigate whether either of these mechanical problems caused your accident. An experienced truck accident attorney will more thoroughly assess the crash and, using his or her extensive knowledge in the field, provide an accurate determination of fault.
Who is Responsible for Defective Brakes?
When the brakes on a tire malfunction, the blame can be placed on several different parties. Sometimes multiple parties will play a role in the malfunction. Possible individuals at fault include:
- The driver
- The brake manufacturer
- The party responsible for maintaining the brakes—often the trucking company
- The company that loaded the truck
Following an accident that involves a mechanical failure, it is not uncommon for the trucking, leasing, and hauling companies to argue among themselves over whose insurance will compensate the victim.
The Brake Manufacturer
Federal regulations impose strict requirements for truck braking systems. A truck’s brakes must have a certain braking force, dependent upon the size of the vehicle, be able to decelerate to a stop from 20 mph at a certain rate, again dependent on size, and meet automatic brake adjustment system requirements.
If the commercial truck’s brakes do not meet these federal standards, you could have a claim against the manufacturer. The claim will usually either be that the brakes were improperly designed or that they were designed correctly but a defect occurred in the manufacturing process.
Drivers and Trucking Companies
Sometimes the actually driver of the truck or the trucking company will take actions that cause the brakes to fail. This can include depowering the front brakes, in which the owner of the truck actually depowers the front brakes and relies solely on the back ones. This saves the trucker money but creates a safety hazard. Additionally, the truck driver or the trucking company may fail to properly maintain the brakes in safe working condition.
Truck Accidents Caused by Tire Problems
When the tires on a truck blow, it can cause massive accidents. Tires can blow due to defects within the tires or a failure to maintain and inspect the tires. In either event, the manufacturer or trucking company can be held responsible.
Contact Kansas City Truck Accident Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation
Brake and tire failures are leading causes of truck crashes. All too often, these mechanical failures can be traced to negligence on the part of the trucking company, truck driver, or the part manufacturer. The Lenexa, Kansas Truck Accident Attorney at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. will carefully investigate the cause of your truck accident to determine whether negligence or a mechanical failure caused it. Our attorneys has battled the trucking industry on behalf of the firm’s injured clients for over 27 years. We are well versed in the intricacies of trucking law and federal regulations. If your truck accident was caused by a mechanical failure, we will fight to see you fully recovery for your lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential truck accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.