Aiken, SC- On any vehicle brakes are very important and must be in good working order to avoid a fatal or injurious collision. Brakes are especially important for large commercial trucks when you consider that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Large Truck Causation Study, conducted in 2006, found that failing brakes and other brake-related issues accounted for 29.4 percent of truck accidents. Fortunately, it appears as though the trucking industry is taking the issue of failing brakes more seriously.
In a recent trucking enforcement sweep throughout Canada and the U.S., inspectors for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), found fewer brake violations on commercial trucks. According to trade journal, The Trucker, out-of-service brake violations for trucks in Canada and the U.S. dropped from 16.2 percent last year to 12.3 this year. That’s a significant drop and a good sign for the motorist who share the road with large commercial trucks.
“Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections,” said CVSA President Maj. Jay Thompson said according to the Trucker. “Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking capacity and increase stopping distance of large trucks and buses, which poses serious risks to driver and public safety.”
Even a very experienced truck driver with a clear safety record will find it difficult to avoid a collision when the experience brake problems or they fail. This is especially true if a truck is driving at a highway speed, traveling in inclement weather or their load shifts.
If you have been involved in a truck accident because of failing or poorly maintained brakes, more than one party may be liable for your accident. Those liable parties can include the truck driver; the trucking company that owns the truck; a repair shop if they did a shoddy job or a brake manufacturer if the brakes were defective. Truck accident victims can maximize the settlement amount they receive by making certain all liable parties are identified and held accountable.
The most important thing you can do for your personal injury or wrongful death claim is to retain a truck accident lawyer in South Carolina to begin investigating your accident. They will be able to determine the cause of your accident and pinpoint all the responsible parties, so you are certain to get every bit of compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, property repair, loss of wages and emotional distress. If you want one of the best truck accident attorneys in your Aiken working on your case, let USAttorneys connect you with one today.
Once you retain one of our South Carolina accident lawyers you can have confidence that a fair settlement in is in your reach and someone is protecting your rights. When you get legal representation early on, you will have a stronger injury claim and a greater chance of getting the justice you deserve, so don’t put off speaking with a lawyer any longer.