Who Could Be Liable for a Truck Accident Caused by Brake Failure?

Roughly 10 percent of large truck crashes can be attributed to vehicle malfunctions. Some of the most common examples include shifting cargo and defective tires. When a malfunction affects a truck’s brakes, the consequences are likely to be catastrophic. Tractor-trailers take much longer than passenger vehicles to decelerate as it is, and brake problems only increase the stopping distance.

Truck accidents that involve malfunctioning brakes tend to occur at high speeds, which only serves to enhance the force of impact and the severity of any resulting injuries. Victims often incur exorbitant medical bills, and many cannot return to work for weeks or even months while they recover.

If you or someone you love was injured in such a crash, there are several parties who might be liable for your damages, such as:

  1. The Vehicle or Parts Manufacturer 

If the brakes failed because they were defective, you may have grounds for a product liability claim against the vehicle or parts manufacturer. Since proving the brakes were defective can be challenging—and massive corporations like auto manufacturers have the resources to fight every claim that comes their way—it is wise to seek legal counsel before commencing such a claim. 

  1. The Maintenance Contractor 

Motor carriers often rely on third-party contractors to maintain their vehicles. If these contractors fail to inspect the brakes adequately or to replace them as needed, they could be financially responsible for any accidents that result. 

  1. The Motor Carrier 

If a motor carrier fails to keep up with routine maintenance, they could be liable for accidents caused by vehicle malfunctions, regardless of whether they perform the work themselves or rely on a third party. At the end of the day, trucking companies have a duty of care to maintain their vehicles to a reasonable standard. That means even if they rely on a contractor, they must track each rig’s maintenance diligently and schedule appointments as needed, as opposed to waiting for the mechanic to follow up with them.

  1. The Trucker 

Truckers serve as the first line of defense when it comes to preventing any kind of collision because they’re the ones who are actually behind the wheel. While commercial drivers may not necessarily be responsible for maintaining the vehicle’s brakes, they have a duty to pull over safely and arrange for maintenance if their rig is not responding as it should. If something is clearly wrong with a vehicle’s braking system but the trucker continues driving anyway, he or she—or the motor carrier that employs him or her—could be liable in the event of a wreck. 

Call 800-770-7008 to Speak with a Truck Accident Lawyer in Minneapolis 

If you were hurt in a collision with a commercial driver through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for all resulting damages. To determine the most strategic way to proceed, contact a truck accident attorney at Bradshaw & Bryant.

Our personal injury lawyers are proud to help clients fight for the compensation they need to make their lives whole again. Call 800-770-7008 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney in Minneapolis

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Another Major Vehicle Recall: Dodge Ram Trucks for Faulty Brakes and Steering Failure

The massive number of vehicle recalls that have occurred over the past several years continues to climb, with the latest recall announcement issued by Fiat Chrysler for more than 850,000 Dodge Ram Trucks. The announcement from the company actually deals with two different dangerous issues regarding the potential for accidents and injuries.

According to the announcement issued by the company, more than 660,000 trucks are being recalled because a nut can become loose and cause loss of steering control. The recall covers Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks that were manufactured from 2013 through 2017. It also covers 2500 pickups and 3500 Chassis cabs manufactured from 2014 through 2017. The company has received reports of eight crashes caused by the dangerous issue. There has been at least one injury reported as a result of the issue.




The company has not issued a recall notification date for owners yet, however, they did say that when it does commence, dealers will inspect the steering linkage nut in each vehicle and determine the status. If the nut is still tight, it will be welded to the steering sleeve to make sure it stays in place. If the nut is loose, the entire steering assembly will be replaced.

In addition to the recall for the steering issue, Fiat Chrysler is also recalling approximately 194,000 2019 Dodge Ram light-duty trucks because of the potential danger of the brake pedals falling off. The recall does not include the 2019 Dodge Ram Classic. The company says that about 30 percent of the affected vehicles have not been sold yet and are still at dealerships, where they will be repaired before they are sold to customers.

This issue was discovered during an investigation which found that if a driver moved the brake pedal to the farthest rear position, the pedal could detach. Although the company says there have been no reports of any accidents or injuries caused by the issue, they are still warning vehicle owners not to adjust the pedal until their vehicle have been repaired. When the recall has officially been initiated, a fastener and spacer will be installed which will restrict travel of the pedal. This should fix the danger.

Contact a Virginia Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured because of a defect in a vehicle, you may be able to pursue compensation from the manufacturer for any damages that you have suffered because of the injury. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and more.

To find out what legal options you may have, contact a Virginia defective product attorney from Shapiro & Appleton today. Our firm has built a solid reputation for getting injured victims the compensation they deserve.

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