Mechanical failure is a common cause of large truck commercial accidents that cause extensive property damage and serious personal injuries to another motorist. Many tractor-trailer accidents are due to brakes being out of adjustment or defective brakes. According FMCSA Brake failure about 30% of accidents involving commercial truck crashes, were caused by brake failure.
Federal and State law make truck drivers and trucking companies legally responsible for ensuring that commercial trucks are put on the roadway with properly maintained and safely working brakes. Anyone injured in an accident with a commercial truck caused by truck brake failure may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other losses.
The Detroit truck accident lawyers at the Joseph Dedvukaj Firm who specialize in commercial truck accidents can help you determine whether you have a legitimate truck accident injury claim. Our attorneys can gather evidence in your case to secure full and fair compensation after a truck accident caused by brake failure. We have nearly three decades of experience representing victims of large truck crashes and their families. Detroit truck accident attorney Joseph Dedvukaj has successfully handled numerous commercial vehicle accident cases for clients in Michigan and other parts of the country.
Call us today at 248-352-2110 or online for a free evaluation of your case.
What I Should Do When Injured In A Truck Accident Caused By Brake Failure?
Big truck accident claims can be complicated and complex, due the trucking companies and their insurer’s quick move to mitigate the potential of large payouts to victims of truck accidents.
You will need a truck accident specialist at The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm to present insurers with evidence that the truck’s mechanical failure either caused or contributed to the accident, and that you are prepared to prove this in court to the satisfaction of a judge and jury.
Experienced Truck accident lawyers can help recover full compensation from the trucking company and its insurer, and if necessary other responsible parties. You should review your legal options with a skilled experienced truck accident attorney before agreeing or accepting any settlement offer by the insurance company representing the trucking company.
What Are Some Common Causes of Brake Failure In Trucks?
Properly balanced and functioning brakes stop a vehicle by using an air pressure compressor system. In the truck’s front brakes, compressed air pressure is applied to brake calipers and brake pads that squeeze against the metallic disc rotor. In the truck’s rear brakes, compressed air pressure on brake drums and brake shoes stops the wheels from rotating. Air brakes are used on large commercial trucks because an air-powered pressure system allows the vehicle’s multiple brake pads or brake shoes to apply pressure when needed to stop the truck by applying the control pedal. Needless to say, the commercial truck must not have an airline leak.
However, pressure caused by brake pad coming contact with the metal disc or drum on moving objects creates friction, which creates heat to slow the vehicle down. The brakes can wear down overtime due to the pressure and heat applied overtime.
When Joseph Dedvukaj investigates a commercial truck accident, we collect and examine all possible evidence, including:
One of the most useful sources of evidence after a big truck crash is the truck’s electronic event data recorder (EDR). This so called “black box” records a plethora of useful information, which is automatically recorded prior to the impact in a crash, including such things as brake status, vehicle speed and diagnostic trouble codes, such as brake failure warnings. . In modern commercial trucks, advanced anti-lock brakes with stability control enhances vehicle control that is also capable of recording data about performance.
Our team of investigators can test a large truck’s air pressure brakes after a crash. In all commercial trucks, testing and visual inspection of the operation of the hoses, valves, gauges, warning devices, and air pressure supply system can identify brake failures and brake deficiencies. A brake imbalance can be identified by inspecting the brake linings on each wheel.
In most cases, the failure of a commercial truck’s brakes is a deficiency rather than a total loss of brake. In other words, there was some braking, just not enough to slow the truck to a stop in time to avoid a collision or rollover. Sometimes the brakes are applied too late, where the truck driver is tailgating or following other vehicle too close.
Our ability to examine the large truck requires access to the crashed vehicle as soon as possible after a crash. Once we are hired as your attorneys to pursue a commercial truck accident claim, we move quickly to write one or more spoliation letters that inform and require the recipients of a pending injury claim of the need to preserve potential evidence listed in our letter.
A spoliation letter to the trucking company that owns the truck would also ensure preservation of important records, including maintenance records, driver logs, repair records, inspection records and maintenance schedules for the truck involved.
It is important to contact The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm truck accident specialists as soon as possible after being injured in a Michigan truck accident so our lawyers can start a complete investigation into your crash, and gather important evidence before it is lost, tampered, degraded, or destroyed.
Under the federal motor carrier safety regulations, the motor carrier is responsible to inspect, maintain and repair the truck brakes. The commercial truck accident claim is different from passenger car accidents because in a commercial accident multiple parties can be linked to the large truck with potential liability. The trucking company, or motor carrier, and truck driver can be held responsible for a big truck crash. In some cases, the third-party such as the brake mechanic or cargo loading company may have liability for a crash as well as the manufacturer of the brake components.
We have handled claims involving multiple responsible parties such as the following:
As you can see, a truck accident investigation is complex and complicated. It’s important to work with a reputable and established Michigan law firm that has the financial resources to pursue an investigation wherever it leads. If our team of investigators find negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company or other third parties, you may be able to recover significant compensation for your damages. After establishing a solid truck accident case, our truck accident lawyers are successful in negotiating a settlement, in most truck accident cases, without ever going to trial. But, if we need to go to trial, we have tried truck accident cases in the past, without hesitation.
However, you need to act quickly after a truck or car accident. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to hire a trucking accident lawyer, the more difficult it can be to find and secure evidence that helps us prove your case.
If you have suffered serious injuries in a truck accident that may have been caused by brake failure, contact a Detroit truck accident lawyer at the Joseph Dedvukaj Firm for a free case evaluation. If you have a potential case, we can move quickly to secure evidence from the accident, identify the responsible parties, and start to calculate the compensation you are owed.
If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident in Michigan, contact Joseph Dedvukaj today. We have a nearly 30 year history of aggressively pursuing truck accident claims on a contingency fee basis. Remember, you can hire the best truck accident lawyer in our law firm without ever paying out of pocket costs, and we only gets paid if you win.
Contact us now at 248-352-2110 or toll free at 1-866-447-3563 for a free consultation about a truck accident in Michigan.