Brake Failure

Truck Accidents Caused by Brake Failure

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Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, truck drivers are required to adequately and properly inspect equipment before, during, and after trips. Failure to do so can result in poor performance of the vehicles and present serious dangers to other drivers. One of the most significant sources of danger is brake failure. In the vast majority of brake failure cases, the operator is not properly undertaking pre-trip and ongoing trip inspections.

It is crucial to ensure that the trucks are:

  • In good working order
  • Free of mechanical problems
  • Regularly maintained

It is also important to note that truck accidents are also frequently the fault of the motor carrier itself. In many cases, in an effort to bolster their bottom line, carriers will cut back on maintenance costs. If this goes on too long, it can result in an unstoppable brake failure. It should be obvious that with trucks, such failures can be catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been injured, reach out to the Austin truck accident lawyer at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC for legal help.

Who is Liable for Equipment Failure?

Industry standards, government regulations (state and federal laws), and company policies are all important references for safe trucking practices. When equipment failure causes a truck accident, there may be various layers of liability.

One or more of the following entities may bear responsibility for compensating an injured motorist, pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcycle rider for medical expenses and other losses after a trucking accident:

  • The truck driver who is obligated to do pre-trip inspections
  • The truck driver's employer or trainers
  • A truck dispatching company
  • A product manufacturer
  • A mechanic or other maintenance service provider

In order to move forward after a serious trucking accident, we recommend that you work with our experienced truck accident attorney in Austin. If we don’t recover compensation for your case, you do not have to pay legal fees.

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As seasoned litigators who have earned the respect of the Texas legal community, The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC is prepared to use our experience to do everything possible to recover the compensation you deserve. At the same time, we will hold the trucking companies responsible and bolster accountability on the roads. Because we handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, we do not charge legal fees unless we successfully obtain compensation for your case.


Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC today for a free consultation. We can help you seek justice!