Brake Failure & Truck Accidents

Serving Gainesville, Jacksonville, Atlanta areas

According to a recent study by the Department of Transportation (DOT), almost 30% of all commercial truck accidents involve brake failure. Truck brakes must be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure they are in optimal working condition. If truck brakes fail or lock up, a serious truck accident can occur, resulting in personal injury or even wrongful death.

Causes of Tractor-Trailer Brake Failure

Some of the most common problems that lead to brake failure in trucks are:

  • Overheated brakes
  • Worn tires
  • Brakes suffused with oil/grease
  • Overly thin brake pads

Inadequate truck maintenance is the root cause of each of these problems. Brakes are one of the most important functions of a tractor-trailer, but they are often under-maintained and overused. Federal trucking laws dictate that truck drivers should know about the condition of their brakes at all times. Unfortunately, in the endless rush to make a delivery, brake maintenance is frequently ignored.

Who is to Blame for Defective Brakes?

When brakes fail or malfunction, several different parties may be responsible (whether individually or together), including:

  • The truck driver
  • The truck's mechanic
  • The truck loading company
  • The truck's owner/operator
  • The brake manufacturer

Our experienced Gainesville truck accident attorneys at The Chestnut Firm have the resources you need to fully investigate your truck accident, tracing important evidence back to the negligent parties who are ultimately responsible for your injuries. After a truck accident, all of the parties listed above will be ready with lawyers and representatives who will work quickly to protect their client's best interests. Make sure you are ready by hiring an attorney who will fight just as vigilantly for your own rights.

If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident due to brake failure, you deserve justice and compensation. Please contact The Chestnut Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent injured truck accident victims in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and Charlotte, North Carolina.