If you were injured in an accident caused by a large commercial truck, you may be facing substantial medical bills, lost income, and significant stress and strain. Many victims feel overwhelmed as to what can be done to compensate them for their losses. Fortunately, in many cases, victims may be entitled to pursue a claim against the driver of the truck who caused their crash. This is especially true when the accident resulted from a brake failure and it can be shown that the truck driver had failed to properly maintain the brake lines prior to the crash.
Brake Line Maintenance Obligations of Truck Drivers
A truck driver’s obligations when it comes to maintaining their vehicle’s brake lines include the following:
- The truck driver must closely and regularly monitor the brake system for signs of corrosion. This monitoring should be done by the driver himself as well as a professional inspector. Signs of potential problems with the brake lines include loss of brake fluid, unusual leaking, and a soft, spongy feeling when applying the brake pedal.
- The truck driver must regularly wash the undercarriage of the truck in order to remove road salt, debris, chemicals, and other substances that may build up overtime and cause corrosion of the brake lines.
- The truck driver must act quickly whenever corrosion is spotted. A driver will know that corrosion is occurring when there is a flaking or scaling of the metal brake pipes.
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