Truck Accidents Caused by Brake Failure

Were You Seriously Injured by a Runaway Truck?

Everyone on the road is put at risk when a vehicle loses the ability to come to a complete stop, especially when that vehicle can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. It’s incredibly important for both the truck driver and the trucking company to keep their vehicles well-maintained. Brake failure causes tens of thousands of crashes every year. In fact, approximately 30 percent of all trucking crashes were affected or caused by some type of brake-related issue or failure according to the United States Department of Transportation.

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Since we first opened our doors more than 25 years ago, we have secured over 120 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million each for our clients, and we’re committed to providing the quality legal representation we’ve become known for to each new client we accept. If you were seriously injured in a truck crash, contact our firm today to speak with one of our staff and begin planning your next steps.

Who Is Liable In A Truck Accident?

In any personal injury claim, a starting point is determining who is responsible for the incident.

When a truck accident is caused by brake failure, there are a number of parties that could be held liable, including:

  • The Driver: Truck drivers need to keep a close eye on their vehicles to ensure that they are in proper working order. Failure to do so can result in serious mechanical issues. It is essential that every driver inspects his or her truck before each trip to ensure that everything is in proper working order.
  • The Trucking Company: Trucking companies are responsible for setting and enforcing minimum safety standards that their employees and contracted workers must follow. If they fail to set safety standards or fail to enforce their standards, they could be held liable for injuries caused by a truck crash.
  • Those In Charge Of Keeping The Brakes Maintained: In addition to setting and enforcing safety rules, federal law requires trucking companies to keep detailed maintenance records on all work done on their vehicles. These records can help show if work was not done on the brakes, for instance, or not completed.
  • The Brake Manufacturer: Brakes need to meet federal standards before they are put into circulation, and they must not be defective in design or manufacture. If they are defective or fail to meet federal standards, the brake manufacturer may be liable.

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If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a truck accident, it’s important to hire the right attorney to handle your case. At The McClellan Law Firm, our San Diego truck accident attorneys have spent decades fighting for the rights of injured victims, and have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

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