Car accidents involving eighteen-wheelers, semi-trucks or any other big rig are traumatic and extremely dangerous. They frequently cause catastrophic injuries or even death to those riding in passenger cars.
While there are a number of things that can cause a truck accident, one common one is some kind of mechanical failure.
Brake failure on trucks is a frequent cause of truck crashes. In fact, data indicates that 30% of all commercial truck crashes are due—at least in part— to some type of problem with the brakes.
Here are 3 common brake problems that cause truck accidents.
- Inadequate Maintenance or Repair
Truck drivers and trucking companies are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which promulgates regulations governing all aspects of the trucking industry.
Truck maintenance is heavily regulated because of the devastation truck accidents can cause. As a result, many trucking companies also have their own inspection and maintenance requirements for their fleets.
Unfortunately, sometimes trucking companies do not follow their own or the FMCSA’s rules. There are instances where trucks go uninspected or improperly inspected. In other instances, because of the cost, trucks —including the brakes—are not maintained or repaired.
- Improper Loading
Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. If a truck is not loaded properly, it can cause brake failure. An unevenly distributed load can cause the brakes to overheat and malfunction.
- Depowering the front brakes.
An absolutely reprehensible move on the part of some trucking companies is to actually unhook the front brakes. This forces the truck driver to rely only on his back brakes to stop his rig.
Why would a trucking company do this?
To save money. In an attempt to save wear and tear on the brakes, these types of commercial trucking companies are willing to sacrifice innocent lives to make a profit.
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