Defective Brakes & Truck Accident Claims

Bad Brakes Cause an Accident? Call a Richmond Truck Accident Lawyer.

Brake failure is a relatively common cause for tractor-trailer and truck accidents. Unfortunately, these types of mechanical failures are often evidence of dangerous negligence on the part of truck drivers. If you or a loved one was injured in any type of motor vehicle accident, including a collision with a big rig, it’s important that you speak with a Richmond truck accident lawyer from our team at Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner about your options.

When Brake Failure Causes Accidents in Richmond, Virginia

Federal regulations require truck drivers and trucking companies to perform regular safety checks and scheduled maintenance for their vehicles. It takes the average 18-wheeler the length of two whole football fields to come to a complete stop. For obvious reasons, working brakes are extremely important in operating a massive tractor-trailer. Semi-trucks need an elite braking system in order to operate safely.

When that doesn’t happen, accidents can occur, such as:

  • Jackknife accidents
  • Out of control trailers
  • Loss of vehicle control

What Happens When Truck Brakes Give Out?

Trucks are equipped with complex braking systems and safety back-up features. The standard brakes work as a pressurized air system. Many are also equipped with a back-up set of emergency brakes that use springs and cables. If properly maintained, experts say that it is very unlikely for truck brakes to simply “go out” without warning

Title 49 under the Code of Federal Regulations requires truck drivers to complete a thorough brake inspection every single day while on the road. Truckers must write down any potential issues in their daily log. Truckers must also ensure that these problems are repaired before they get back on the road. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Too many truck drivers fail to obey the rules, and put others at risk.

Call our Richmond tractor trailer accident attorneys. We can get to the bottom of what happened. Schedule a free consultation
when you dial (888) 337-0477.

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