Large Trucks: Risk of Brake Failure
18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks are an important part of our country’s economy. However, they are also involved in nearly 500,000 accidents per year. Because of their immense size, they also cause a disproportionate number of deaths on the road, and when these tragedies occur, it is much more likely that individuals in other vehicles are the ones seriously injured or killed. Furthermore, truck drivers state that brakes were a major factor in their accidents in about a third of all truck accidents.
Dangers of Brake Failure
There are some unique challenges that truck drivers face, and when these are combined with brake failure, devastating accidents can result. These include:
- Driver error, as truck systems are more complex and drivers sometimes drive past the point of exhaustion
- Design defects
- Manufacturing errors
- Inferior quality maintenance work
- An improperly loaded truck, as braking can be difficult if the load is off-balance
- Weather conditions, as truckers are sometimes forced to drive in worse weather than other drivers, or past the point when they could safely brake
- Road conditions, including unmarked steep gradients and shoulder drop-offs, can be especially dangerous for large trucks and cause braking difficulty
In these situations and in others, one of the greatest difficulties is simply the immense weight of the truck – once an error begins to cause a problem, it is much more difficult for the driver to safely stop the vehicle.
If you or a loved one was injured in a large truck accident involving brake failure, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the Racine truck accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 for more information.