One of the most common accident scenarios in which a trucker is rarely at fault is brake failure. In the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, researchers found that brake problems were a leading cause of collisions, second only to driver error.
Determining liability after such a crash requires an extensive investigation and possibly the input of accident reconstruction experts and auto parts specialists. This is where a truck accident lawyer can help.
If you were hurt in a tractor-trailer crash that was caused by malfunctioning brakes, contact Gump & Faiella. Our attorneys have more than 90 years of combined experience practicing law. Call 800-264-3455 to schedule a free case evaluation with a truck accident attorney in Missouri.
Read on to learn the answers to three FAQs about truck crashes caused by brake failure:
- Who Might Be Liable for a Truck Accident Caused by Brake Failure?
When the cause of a truck crash is brake-related, there are a few potentially liable parties, including:
- The brake manufacturer;
- The motor carrier’s maintenance company;
- The cargo loading crew; and
- The driver.
How Will My Truck Accident Attorney Determine Liability?
Before you can recover compensation for any damages incurred in a truck accident, you must determine who was liable for the incident. To identify the at-fault parties, your personal injury lawyer will review various kinds of evidence including photographs of the wreckage, black box data, and eyewitness testimony.
These will hopefully reveal the underlying cause of the brake failure, which may have been a design defect, a mechanical problem, a stressed system because of poorly loaded cargo, or driver error.
- What Are Some Common Braking Deficiencies That Can Cause an Accident?
In some cases, brake deficiencies and not absolute failures are responsible for truck accidents. Each deficiency can increase a truck’s stopping distance until the brakes are essentially useless when hazards suddenly arise. Common braking deficiencies include:
- Improper alignment of brake linings;
- Improperly calibrated brakes;
- Sticking brake calipers;
- Oil contamination;
- Poorly maintained brake fluids; and
- Incomplete friction surfaces.
Call 800-264-3455 to Discuss Your Case with a Missouri Truck Accident Lawyer
If you sustained serious injuries in a collision with a truck that had faulty brakes, contact Gump & Faiella to determine the most strategic way to proceed. We represent clients throughout Columbia, Moberly, and all of Missouri, and we will gladly come to you if you cannot come to us. Call 800-264-3455 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Missouri.