When an accident occurs involving a large commercial truck, brake failure is often to blame. 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.
How Does This Affect Innocent Victims?
Injuries resulting from these accidents are often severe. Victims may incur expensive medical bills as a result. They may also be unable to return to work for an extended period of time after the crash. These losses can place substantial stress and strain for victims and their families. Fortunately, they may be entitled to compensation from the party or parties responsible for the brake failure that caused the collision.
Parties Who May Be Responsible for a Truck Accident Caused By Faulty Brakes
If you were involved in an accident with a large truck as a result of brake failure, what parties might be responsible? The following are four possibilities:
- The driver of the truck
- The company that loaded the truck
- The party responsible for maintaining the brakes. This could be the company, the owner-operator of the vehicle, or another party.
- The manufacturer of the brakes
Unfortunately, when there are multiple potentially-responsible parties, victims may encounter increased resistance in their efforts to seek compensation. Each party, or each party’s insurance company and legal team, may blame the other for the accident. For this reason, it is crucial that accident victims seek guidance from an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.
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