Braking systems are an essential safety feature of trucks, and as such, trucking companies are required by federal trucking regulations to regularly inspect and properly maintain brakes. While such brake inspections should occur prior to long hauls, they are also required to take place once a truck has been driven a specific number of miles. Even if such brake inspections do take place, however, other factors, such as the following, can contribute to brake failures and serious truck accidents:
- Overloaded trucks or improperly balanced cargo
- Poorly designed braking systems by a vehicle equipment manufacturer
- Intentional depowering of front brakes by drivers or trucking companies in order to reduce wear on the tires (and try to cut maintenance costs).
Those who may be considered to be legally negligent when brake failures cause truck accidents include:
- Truck drivers who failed to inspect braking systems prior to driving trucks on long hauls
- Trucking companies who failed to replace or maintain brakes (particularly when others had previously noted that such maintenance was necessary)
- Repair shops and/or mechanics who failed to properly replace or maintain braking systems
- Vehicle equipment manufacturers who designed defective braking systems that were prone to failure.
St. Louis Truck Accident Lawsuits
The St. Louis truck accident lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you were involved in a truck accident that may have been caused by brake failure, we encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.