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TractorTrailer With Faulty Brakes Kills Two

The SunSentinel.com reports that a local tractor-trailer loaded with oranges has caused an accident most likely due to faulty brakes, costing the lives of two construction workers on a Maryland highway this week.

Negligent Maintenance

In this case, 34-year-old Watson Pierre of Sunrise drove a truck owned by Noble Enterprise Transport of Pompano Beach. According to police, the truck was not registered to operate in the State of Maryland and the preliminary investigation found that three of its 10 brakes were not working and three others were out of adjustment. Pierre was northbound on Route 75 in Monrovia when the truck rounded a curve and overturned, crushing a southbound pickup truck and killing two of its occupants: the driver, 46-years-old Hector Henriquez of Gaithersburg and a passenger, 54-year-old Jose Diaz of Dearwood. A second passenger, 37-year-old Jose Cedillo was hospitalized and Pierre’s co-driver, 42-year-old Erochenel Bernadin sustained minor injuries.

This is the second time in less than 30 days that a truck belonging to a local Florida company was involved in an accident due to defective brakes. On October 19th, a Hollywood based tractor-trailer careened into nine vehicles, including two school buses and slammed into a house, narrowly missing the homeowner, 47-year-old Linda Witherspoon and her two children, ages 5 and 6 who she somehow managed to get out of the way as she saw the truck coming at her house through her kitchen window.

The trucks involved in these two accidents had over 200 safety code violations between them. Records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show that ABC, the company that owns the truck involved in the October accident, had 180 vehicle safety violations in the past year, involving wheel fasteners, brakes and tires. On the other hand, Noble Enterprise had 56 such violations, also involving brakes, tires and steering, between May 2011 and October.

Truck Inadequately Maintained

As stated in the preceding paragraphs, an investigation by the Highway Patrol is underway. However, we are not surprised at the allegation that these eighteen-wheelers were not adequately maintained. Time and again we have seen how trucking companies neglect to give adequate maintenance to their fleet, in some cases just to save a few dollars. A decision that would cost the health and lives of innocent victims. The trucking company and it’s officials may face criminal and civil liability and their loss will certainly be larger than whatever moneys they may have saved by not adequately maintaining their fleet.

The Lawyers At Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help

All of the reasons discussed in the preceding paragraphs could have been contributing factors to the causes of this accident. It is, of course, up to the investigators to determine the real causes. However, although findings by the police may be used in civil liability cases, all injured victims should have someone investigating and collecting all available evidence to help them recover any compensation that may be owed them by the trucking company or its insurance company. It is standard operating procedure for these potential defendants to train their truckers to immediately call in any accident in which they may find themselves involved. In fact, most of these insurance companies have rapid response teams that are immediately dispatched to the scene of the accident. Shouldn’t you also have someone working as hard and fast for you? The police, although hard workers, often miss things independent experts hired by family’s find.

If you have been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer or if a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. With more than 100 years of combined professional experience handling truck accident cases, the lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have seen how trucking companies fail to properly maintain their fleets causing accidents like those described here today.

For details the commercial truck accident cases handled by our firm over the years, please visit the Notable Cases section of our website.

Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Truck Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have represented many clients involved in serious motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.

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