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Brake Failure Deadly Trucking Accidents

Catastrophic trucking accidents in and around Broward County are often caused by mechanical failure. One of the biggest reasons for that mechanical failure is brake failure. In fact, the Department of Transportation estimates that 29.4% of all large commercial trucking accidents are caused by brake failure or brake-related issues.

If a trucking accident is caused by brake failure, there may be multiple parties to blame for the crash—and subsequently your injuries. The driver, the company responsible for loading the truck, the owner-operator of the truck, or the brake manufacturers could all be liable for the brake failure. Oftentimes, these various parties will argue amongst themselves as to which of them is to blame. When this occurs, an experienced Broward County trucking accident attorney can help establish a clear chain of liability and determine who is the responsible party.

Brake Manufacturer may be to Blame

There are strict regulations regarding the manufacturing of a large commercial truck’s braking system. A manufacturer must meet these federal standards or their brakes could be determined to be defective. In some cases, the braking system may have already been recalled, due to a reported manufacturing error or design flaw. When this occurs, your attorney can seek compensation under a product liability claim.

Trucking Companies may be to Blame

Oftentimes, the trucking company fails to maintain their trucks properly. In an attempt to save money and increase profits, they may skip on important safety measures or maintenance procedures—and this includes changing brake pads and rotors regularly.

They may also depower or unhook the front brakes to minimize the expense of tire and brake wear. By unhooking the front brakes, truck drivers must downshift in order to stop or slow down their truck and rely on the brakes of the trailer. This is not only dangerous—but also downright negligent.

Contact Broward County Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident, you need a law firm on your side with the experienced litigating against large commercial trucking companies. For decades, the accident attorneys at Kelley/Uustal have been successfully fighting for the rights of victims of catastrophic commercial trucking accidents in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, and throughout Broward County. To learn more about your legal options, call our Broward County accident attorneys at (954) 715-4511 or 888-522-6601 for a free consultation.

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