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Brake Failures on Commercial Trucks

Brake failure can be terrifying and can cause significant damage and injury in any situation. However, brake failure may be particularly devastating when it occurs on a large commercial truck that may weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When truck brakes fail and the truck is traveling at highway speeds, it may take a substantial amount of time and distance for the truck to come to a stop. In that time, the truck will likely be careening down the roadway, colliding with any cars or other vehicles in its path. If you have suffered injury due to a runaway truck due to brake failure, you should call a Coweta County truck accident attorney as soon as possible for assistance.

There are many possible acts of negligence that may lead to a sudden brake failure in a large commercial truck. These acts include the following:

  • Defective design of a brake component
  • Defective manufacture or assembly of the brake components
  • Failure to regularly and properly inspect the brakes for possible defects
  • Improper brake maintenance by the trucking company’s maintenance crew
  • Overuse by the driver, leading to unexpected wear and tear

The responsible party will depend on the reason the brakes actually failed. That reason can be difficult to identify and may require extensive investigation, expert analysis, and other resources. Accident victims may likely not have access to such resources, which is why an experienced truck accident legal team is imperative.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

If you have suffered injury in a commercial truck accident because of a brake failure or other mechanical defect, it is highly important that you contact an experienced Coweta County truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case. An attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith will know how to investigate an accident to determine what caused the brake failure and identify any negligent parties that you may hold liable for your losses. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (770) 487-8999 for assistance with your case. 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia