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Who can be Liable in Semi-Truck Accidents caused by Brake Failure?

Semi-truck accidents affect thousands of people each year, and can result in serious injury to the people involved. These accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but when they occur because of someone’s negligence, victims may be able to recover by filing a Georgia personal injury lawsuit. The best way to find out whether and against whom you may have a claim is to have the circumstances of you case reviewed by an experienced trucking accident attorney. It is important to note that Georgia personal injury claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, meaning that there is a limited amount of time in which someone involved in a semi-truck accident may file a claim. The personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are here to help tractor-trailer accident victims recover for their losses, and are dedicated to holding negligent people responsible for the injuries that they cause.

One common cause of semi-truck accidents is brake failure. Brake systems on trucks are often extremely complicated, and require ongoing maintenance and specialized training to operate. When the brakes on a semi-truck fail, it may become impossible for a truck driver to maintain control of his or her vehicle. Brake failure can cause a truck to rear end a vehicle in front of it, roll over, jackknife, or even cross into opposing traffic. Determining liability in brake failure cases can be extremely difficult, and can implicate several different parties. Some potential sources of brake failure liability include:

  • The truck driver
  • The brake manufacturer
  • The party responsible for brake maintenance
  • The party that loaded the cargo into the truck

Determining who was responsible for the brake failure is essential in determining legal liability. An experienced truck accident attorney can help ensure that you are compensated for you injuries.

Contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney today for a free consultation

If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia