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What’s involved in determining fault after a Georgia truck crash involving brake failure?

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Truck brakes are frequently blamed for causing a Georgia trucking crash. Typically, a truck driver will say the brakes failed, attempting to push blame onto the trucking company or another party. However, truck drivers are required by law to inspect their brakes on a daily basis. When truckers inspect their brake linings, they can determine if a brake imbalance exists. 

When improper brake balance occurs, the linings at some of the wheel ends will wear quickly. Truck drivers are supposed to make note of this and have the problem fixed. Even if the truck gets serviced, brake imbalance can still occur if proper brake maintenance isn’t done. It’s not enough to just service the truck; truck maintenance requires precise, accurate maintenance.

Sometimes, one brake is serviced without servicing the others. When maintenance is not done to the brake on the opposite side of the axle, brake imbalance and problems will arise because one brake will be working harder than the others. 

In many cases, the truck driver, trucking company, the mechanic, or company responsible for truck maintenance will be found liable for the truck crash caused by brake failure, but that’s not always the case. Two other parties that may be responsible could include the company that manufactured the malfunctioning brake or the company that loaded the truck. 

Determining fault can be confusing and overwhelming, which is why it is critical that you have a skilled Georgia accident attorney on your side. If you need legal counsel after a Newnan trucking accident, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation today.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia