Risk of Brake Failure in Large Trucks
Large commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers make it possible for companies to ship large amounts of freight to virtually anywhere in the US. However, these trucks can be enormously dangerous. There are nearly half a million large truck accidents in the US every year, and these vehicles cause a disproportionate number of fatalities per number of miles driven compared to other kinds of vehicles. According to the Department of Transportation, nearly 1/3 of drivers involved in these accidents cite brake problems as a factor in their wreck.
Causes of Brake Failure
Brake failure can occur in any vehicle, and some of the usual risks exist for large trucks. There are also some risks more specific to these vehicles. Some of the causes of brake failure include:
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions, including unmarked steep inclines, which can cause serious problems for descending 18-wheelers and their braking systems
- Design or manufacturing problems
- Improper maintenance or repair work
- Driver error, which is a significant issue with the more complicated brake systems and heavy loads of large trucks
These are just some ways in which drivers can encounter difficulty with safely braking. And once a vehicle as large as an 18-wheeler begins to have difficulty with their brakes, it is more difficult to successfully recover.
The dangers of brake failure in large trucks are clear, but it’s certainly even more real for those who have experienced such an accident first-hand or through the life of a loved one. If you have been harmed in a collision caused by a truck brake defect or malfunction, you may be able to receive financial compensation to address the related medical bills and other damages. Contact the Wisconsin 18-wheeler accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 to speak with someone about your options today.