Bad Brakes in Truck Accidents

Nearly 30 percent of all trucking accidents in New Jersey involve some type of brake failure or malfunction. Truck brake failure accidents can happen on any type of road and involve any size truck, from an 18-wheeler to a delivery vehicle. Since truck accidents often cause injuries, find a competent lawyer who specializes in truck accidents. Call RAM Law if you’ve been in a truck brake failure accident for the best advice and representation.

What Happens if Brakes Fail in Trucks?

When a truck’s braking system breaks down or fails completely, it results in brake failure. When working properly, a truck’s braking system slows down and stops the vehicle. Even minor accidents involving a delivery truck, garbage truck or commercial bus can have disastrous results.

RAM Law has helped the victims of truck accidents in New Jersey for years.

If you’ve been involved in a traffic accident with any type of truck, especially if the truck’s faulty brakes were a factor, whether or not you’ve been injured, you probably have many unanswered questions, such as:

The experts at RAM Law can answer all your questions and take care of all the details to make sure you’re fairly compensated. Get the guidance you need after an accident with a truck or bus. Contact RAM Law for the best advice and representation.

Bad Brakes in Truck Accidents

What Causes Brake Failure?

There are many causes of trucking accidents, from driver negligence to poor road conditions, but truck brake failure is one of the more common causes.

Besides overloading, poor maintenance, unsafe driving conditions and human error, truck brakes can fail due to:

  • Overheating. Using brakes continuously and excessively can cause the brakes to overheat, leading to diminished effectiveness or outright failure.
  • Worn-out brakes. Brake failure may stem from poor maintenance, such as failure to replace worn-out pads or rotors.
  • Hydraulic issues. Leaks, air bubbles, and other hydraulic issues may impair the effectiveness of the brakes, resulting in total failure.
  • Improper adjustment. Effective braking depends on properly adjusted brakes. Brake failure can result from over- or under-adjusted truck brakes.

No matter how cautiously you drive, you can still be involved in a truck brake failure accident. Since trucks are such large, heavy vehicles, any brake malfunction can result in a serious accident.

Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Attorney?

Whenever you’re in a traffic accident with a truck in New Jersey, contact the best trucking attorney to protect your rights and represent your claims. A truck accident lawyer can legally demonstrate that it was a truck brake failure accident.

Ways that an attorney can help you include:

  • Accident reconstruction. A knowledgeable truck accident lawyer collaborates with accident reconstruction specialists to examine the accident scene, investigate the vehicles involved and find compiling evidence of brake failure.
  • Maintenance record requests. Your attorney obtains the maintenance records for the truck to discover any maintenance problems that back up your claim of brakes failure.
  • Expert witnesses. A top attorney finds trucking professionals, including mechanical engineers, to testify about the role brake failure played in the accident.
  • Discovery process. Your attorney obtains inspection reports and internal company policies that may disclose any carelessness or violations of brake maintenance.

Your truck accident lawyer from RAM Law develops a case that brake failure was the reason for the accident. Then you and your lawyer can pursue the financial compensation you are entitled to for your damages and injuries. Even if the brake failure was due to a manufacturing flaw or a bad repair, the trucking company may still be found negligent, along with the driver.

By handling the investigation, negotiations and litigation, the best trucking accident attorneys navigate the legal system for you and obtain the compensation you have a right to. To ensure you receive a fair settlement, they also bargain with insurance companies on your behalf. Contact RAM Law in New Jersey right after any truck brake failure accident.

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