Although the most common cause of motorists being rear-ended by tractor-trailers is unsafe driving practices like distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding or following too close, some rear impact tractor-trailer crashes are caused by lack of proper vehicle maintenance or defective braking systems. A study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that nearly 30 percent of all trucking accidents are caused at least partially by brake failure. When an 80,000 tractor-trailer slams into your vehicle without properly functioning brakes, the result is often catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and even wrongful death.
The braking systems of tractor-trailers are comprised of many components and parts that must be inspected and maintained by a trained mechanic. When trucking companies and drivers are lax about conducting inspections or performing maintenance, a forty ton vehicle can race down an incline with no ability to slow down or stop until the truck slams into another vehicle. Our Florida tractor-trailer accident attorneys often work with trucking experts in mechanics and engineering who can examine a braking system to isolate problems and identify defects. These experts can help a judge or jury understand why the brakes failed, as well as what actions should have been taken by the trucking company and/or driver to prevent a rear-end collision caused by non-functioning brakes.
Because our Miami trucking accident lawyers have successfully represented individuals injured in a broad range of tractor-trailer accidents, we are familiar with the potential causes of brake failure, including condensation, worn tires, improperly adjusted brakes, worn brake components, inadequate air pressure and overheated brakes. Trucking companies and drivers that neglect to perform necessary maintenance constitute the most common cause of brake failure-related tractor-trailer crashes.
Although federal regulations require trucking owners to ensure that their brakes are always properly inspected and maintained, an emphasis on meeting delivery schedules and maximizing profits can lead to brake maintenance being overlooked. When profits are put before public safety, brake failure can turn a tractor-trailer into an out of control 80,000 pound death machine.
There are a range of parties that might be responsible when tractor-trailer brakes fail to function properly, such as:
• Trucking company • Owner-operator • Truck driver • Manufacturer of the brake components or truck • Maintenance company
Our Miami tractor-trailer accident attorneys have experience and expertise handling trucking collisions involving brakes that malfunction. Whether the brake malfunction is related to hydraulic fluid levels, brake lining or caliper adjustments, our attorneys know what to look for to determine if your rear-end tractor-trailer collision was the result of improperly maintained brakes.
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In each and every case our office handles, we make it our practice to go over each and every complaint our clients have from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet. We do this because patients often fail to tell their physician about all of their complaints, thinking that what they are feeling is not related to the injuries suffered in their case. We are not doctors, but we explain to our clients that they need to let the doctor know because he/she may feel that there is a relationship. For example, victims complaining of lower back pain may not tell their doctor that they are having tingling or numbness in their leg. If the doctor is informed of the symptom, the doctor can examine the patient and determine the cause of the complaint.
Our Miami tractor-trailer accident lawyers have handles dozens of Florida trucking accidents resulting in death and serious injury. We have recovered from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars for these claims. If you or a loved one is injured in a semi-truck crash, we invite you to contact the South Florida law office of Greenberg Stone and Urbano today. For over 120 collective years, we have aggressively represented the victims of motor vehicle accidents across South Florida. Our commitment to excellence in providing legal services has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and it is why we have been asked to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Moreover, the Miami Herald voted us as one of the top-rated South Florida law firms, and, we have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating us as being among the best lawyers in America. We want to put this dedication to work for you, so call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation either in our main office, your home or hospital, or at one of the offices were we see client’s by appointment.