Truck Accidents Caused By Brake Failure
When Faulty Brakes Lead to Truck Accidents
Bad brakes in a large commercial truck present an immediate danger to all
others on the road. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a
truck accident caused by faulty brakes, the Nashville truck accident lawyers at Kinnard,
Clayton & Beveridge are here to stand up for your rights. We have
more than 100 years of collective experience handling truck accident injury
cases throughout Tennessee and a proven record of success winning favorable
settlements and jury awards for our clients.
Contact us today to speak with one of our truck accident attorneys: (615) 933-2893.
Determining the Cause of a Truck Accident
Bad brakes can significantly increase the stopping distance of a semi-truck,
making it impossible for the trucker to stop in time to avoid accidents.
Uneven brakes can cause trucks to overturn or
jackknife, as one side of the truck stops more suddenly than the other. The braking
systems in trucks are complex and require routine maintenance. Air brakes
require sealed lines; a leak could result in failure.
Truck drivers are required to do a pre-trip inspection during which they
inspect their truck for defects. When drivers fail to perform this inspection,
brake defects can go unnoticed. In some cases, drivers will notice brake
problems, but decide to go forth with the trip anyway to save money or time.
We have access to experts in truck brake maintenance we can call upon to
inspect the brakes of a truck after an accident. We can also investigate
the accident scene, looking at skid marks to determine whether or not
uneven braking caused the truck to rollover or jackknife. Our seasoned
personal injury attorneys in Nashville, TN will do everything in their
power to help you build a successful case.
FMCSA Inspection, Repair & Maintenance Requirements
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s guidelines
for inspection, repair, and maintenance of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)
are outlined in
§ 396.3. It requires every motor carrier to systematically inspect, repair, and
maintain all vehicles under its control. It also dictates that truck parts
and accessories, like brakes, must be in safe and proper operating condition
at all times. Trucking companies not only have to do this, but must also
keep a record of it for at least one year.
Not only do the brakes have to be maintained and inspected regularly, but
the brakes also must be evaluated by a qualified brake inspector, per
§ 396.25. Semi truck accidents caused by brake failure where the carrier failed
to adhere to these regulations could place liability for the crash on
the trucking company.
Call Our Truck Accident Lawyers in Nashville for a Free Consult
If you are interested in discussing your options with a personal injury
lawyer at Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, please contact our office
today. Initial consultations are free and confidential, so you would have
nothing to lose by seeking our help after a serious trucking accident.
Having tried hundreds of cases, our firm has already recovered millions
of dollars for injuries victims in Tennessee.
Request your free consultation by calling us at (615) 933-2893 today!