Commercial truck accidents and their smaller counterparts often result in devastating injuries and significant property damage. Unfortunately, many of these accidents can be attributed to issues with a truck’s braking system. A study by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that 29.4% of all large truck accidents involved brake failure, brakes that were out of adjustment, or other brake-related issues. With these accidents occurring so frequently, it is crucial for motorists to understand that when a crash occurs, they may be entitled to compensation. One party that may be responsible is the manufacturer of the brakes on the truck involved in the accident.

Federal Requirements for Truck Brake System Safety

In order to try and prevent accidents and keep other motorists safe, the federal government imposes strict regulations on the safety of truck braking systems. To satisfy these regulations, the following criteria must be met:

  1. The truck must be able to develop a minimum braking force based on a percentage of the truck’s overall weight.
  2. The truck must be able to decelerate to a stop from 20 miles per hour at a rate that is specific to the truck’s size.
  3. The truck must meet automatic brake adjustment system requirements.

If a truck’s brakes do not meet these federal standards and a truck accident occurs as a result, the brake’s manufacturer may be liable for your injuries and property damage. 

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.