At Montlick & Associates, our Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers represent far too many clients that would not have been involved in a trucking accident had the driver or trucking company conducted inspections required by federal regulations. Simple physics makes brake inspection, maintenance and repair essential, because few hazards are more frightening than an 80,000-pound commercial truck rolling down the highway out of control. When brakes on a commercial truck fail causing an Atlanta trucking accident, the trucking company, truck driver, brake manufacturer or truck maintenance company may be liable. Thousands of trucking accidents occur each year because of brake malfunction or brake failure.
The magnitude of the danger posed by truck brake failure is revealed by the fact that many highways have runaway truck ramps. The causes of brake failure include:
- Failure of the driver to conduct a pre-trip inspection
- Improper maintenance by a contractor servicing brakes
- Cost reduction measures by the driver or trucking company
- Brakes that are too old
A study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revealed that poorly maintained brakes constitute the single-most prevalent contributing cause of commercial trucking collisions. According to the FMCSA, almost 30 percent of all commercial trucking accidents involve some form of brake failure or malfunction including brakes with excessive wear or brakes that are not properly adjusted. If you or your family member suffers serious injury or you lose a loved one in a trucking accident, contact the experienced Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers at Montlick and Associates today for a Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED. We fight hard to to protect our clients’ rights and to get them the compensation they deserve.