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Reasons Truck Brakes Fail and Cause Coweta County Trucking Accidents

Have you been in a Newnan truck accident on Interstate 85? There are many reasons why Georgia truck accidents occur, such as brake failure or other mechanical failures. In fact, about 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents involve brake failure, according to a Department of Transportation study.

When truck brakes lock up or stop working, it is typically because of the following reasons:

  • Lack of maintenance or inadequate maintenance 
  • Failure to regularly inspect the brakes
  • Brakes are out of adjustment
  • Too thin of brake pads
  • Overheated brakes
  • Defective brakes
  • Worn tires
  • Overloaded truck

When brakes are under-maintained and overused, trucking accidents are bound to occur. Because brakes are a critical function of safe truck operation, trucking companies and truck drivers are supposed to know about the condition of their brakes all the time and ensure that they are frequently maintained. 

When brakes fail to bring an 80,000 pound truck to a stop, catastrophic injuries could be the result for innocent drivers of other vehicles. 

Determining if Brake Failure Caused the Crash

In order to determine if brake failure was the cause of your accident, you need to speak with a truck accident attorney who has the resources to investigate your accident and evidence, secure the truck’s maintenance records, and determine if the truck’s brakes led to the crash. Make sure you have the right attorney on your side who will fight for your rights and knows how to investigate these types of accidents.

If a big-rig, semi truck, 18-wheeler, or tractor-trailer crashed into your vehicle, you have rights to seek justice and compensation for your injuries and damages due to brake failure. The truck driver, trucking company, mechanic, or even the manufacturer of the brakes could be found negligent and held responsible for the brake failure and Coweta County trucking crash.

For help pursuing a legal case against the liable party, please call an experienced Newnan accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia