The Legal Complexities of Brake Problems and Truck Accidents

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on June 04, 2018

Semi-trucks on divided highwayTruck accidents can be caused by any number of factors. Pinpointing the cause of the accident can help establish liability and give a victim legal grounds for making a claim for reimbursement.

When brake problems contribute to truck accidents, we will work with an accident reconstruction expert that can determine how brake failure or any other type of problem with brakes played a role in causing the accident. At Flickinger, Sutterfield & Boulton in Provo, UT, we frequently rely upon expert testimony when developing personal injury claims.

We are also familiar with the rules of civil procedure that must be followed when introducing this type of testimony, and we know how to anticipate legal challenges to claims that brake problems are the cause of a truck accident.

A Quick Overview of the Braking System of a Truck

A large truck does not have the same type of braking system as a passenger vehicle. Due to the size and weight of a truck, the brakes operate on a higher level, providing the truck driver with the ability to stop quickly and safely.

While this is true in passenger cars as well, the mechanics used in a truck are different from those used in cars. The key difference is that a truck is outfitted with air brakes, which involves many moving pieces. If any of the components fail, it may take longer to brake, or in the worst-case scenario, total brake failure can occur.

A truck that is operating with faulty brakes puts other drivers at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident.

What Type of Accidents Are Possible When Trucking Brakes Fail?

When a large truck is unable to come to a safe stop, there is a great likelihood the truck will roll over, jackknife, or rear end vehicles at a great speed and with a large amount of force.

Any time a truck comes into contact with a smaller vehicle, the driver and passengers inside the car can suffer life-changing injuries. Among the most common injuries are:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns and lacerations
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Severe spinal cord and neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury

Reports have shown that brake problems contribute to truck accidents in 30 percent of cases.

To show that faulty brakes caused a truck accident, we will investigate the accident and have an expert witness explain how the brakes failed. Some brake problems include improper alignment of brake linings, improper adjustments, contamination, and improperly maintained fluids.

Once the cause of the failure is identified, the responsible party can be held liable for any injuries or damages that occured. Our team has experience gathering the evidence you need to make a claim for compensation that fully reimburses you for your losses.

Help with Brake Problems and Trucking Accidents

The legal team at Flickinger, Sutterfield & Boulton has the experience you need to make a full demand for compensation after an accident. Contact us online or call our office at (801) 370-0505.

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