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When large trucks such as semis and tractor-trailers are involved in an accident, mechanical failure is a common cause. The United States Department of Transportation estimates that nearly 30% of all large truck accidents are caused by brake-related issues.
Truck braking systems are tightly regulated by the federal government. According to these regulations, trucks must be able to do the following:
If federal regulations are not met, a claim against the manufacturer is possible. After an accident, it could be argued that either the brakes were not designed properly or, if they were designed properly, a defect occurred during the manufacture.
The federal government recalls brakes that have been proven defective. In these cases, brake manufacturers must recall their defective parts or brakes.
When brakes do not work properly, several parties may be at fault:
It is not uncommon for these parties to argue about responsibility in the case of an accident. For example, an owner/operator might be accused of improper maintenance and then show that the malfunctioning brakes were the result of improper loading.
Truck accident cases can be more complicated than accidents involving only passenger cars. The trucking industry is highly regulated, and injuries tend to be more severe and complex. We always recommend discussing your truck accident injuries with a personal injury attorney. The lawyers at WKW have experience with truck accident cases, know what to look for, and are knowledgeable about the laws regulating the trucking industry.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a truck accident, contact the Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.