Brake Failure on Large Trucks
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 18-wheelers and other large trucks make up only 4% of the trucks on the roads today. However, they are involved in 11% of all fatal car accidents. In these accidents, it is usually occupants of other cars who are killed. The size of large trucks – part of what makes them so dangerous – protects those inside. Almost two thirds of large truck drivers who have accidents state that brakes were a factor in their accidents.
Causes of Brake Failure
Brake failure can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- Design or manufacturing defects
- Inferior quality maintenance or repair work
- If the goods in the truck are unbalanced or unsecured
- Road or weather conditions
- Driver error
Whatever the cause of the brake failure, the results can be disastrous. Possible physical outcomes include, but are not limited to, broken bones, head injuries, full or partial paralysis, and death. Even when these physical impairments are severe, sometimes the most difficult part of being involved in such an accident is the emotional or financial burdens. Some people experience forms of depression or anxiety after such an event, and the medical costs for a major accident can be astronomical and ongoing.
If you have been the victim of an accident caused by an 18-wheeler, you should not have to suffer through the aftermath alone. Contact the Appleton 18-wheeler accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options with a caring, dedicated attorney.