Even under the best circumstances, large trucks on I-20 or other highways and roads need some time to come to a complete stop. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a crash involving the braking ability of a semi, tractor-trailer, or 18-wheeler, our Abilene truck accident attorney can help. At the Galbreath Law Firm, we understand how to navigate the nuances of truck accident cases and help you pursue the compensation that you deserve for your harm. We recognize that dealing with the aftermath of a truck accident can be extremely stressful, and we will handle your case with compassion and care.Bringing a Claim Based on Inadequate Braking Ability
Trucks are equipped with a variety of brake systems to slow and stop the vehicle. Braking ability refers both to the ability of a truck driver to adequately brake and to the condition of the brake mechanism of the truck. With so many 18-wheelers and other large trucks on the road, effective braking is essential to truck safety and the safety of others on the road. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, loaded tractor-trailers take 20-40 percent more distance to stop than cars. The discrepancy increases when the roads are wet or slippery.
Unfortunately, brake problems contribute to a number of accidents across the country each year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that brake problems were a contributing factor in about 30 percent of truck accidents. Semi or other truck accidents involving braking ability can take place in a number of ways, including but not limited to:
- Poorly maintained brakes;
- Brake failure;
- Overloaded trucks;
- Improper braking techniques;
- Insufficient braking distance; or
- Defective or faulty brakes.
The brakes of an 18-wheeler or another truck are essential to its safety and the safety of others on the road. If you have been injured due to a truck’s braking ability, an attorney may be able to help you file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. Most personal injury claims are rooted in the theory of negligence. Negligence takes place when a truck driver fails to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent truck driver would use under the same or similar circumstances. For example, if a tractor-trailer driver causes an accident because he or she continued to use poorly maintained brakes, that driver would likely be liable for the accident and any resulting harm.
In some cases, truck companies may also be legally accountable for a collision under other legal doctrines, ranging from vicarious liability to negligently hiring an incompetent driver. If defective or faulty brake pads were the cause of the accident, the manufacturer or retailer of the brake pads may be liable through a product liability claim. Lastly, when sloppy or low-quality brake maintenance is the cause or a contributing factor in an accident involving a semi or another type of truck, the maintenance company may be liable as well.
If liability is established, a plaintiff may recover a wide range of damages, such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, property damage, and any other costs arising from the accident. Individuals who suffer long-term injuries may also be able to recover the costs of future care and future earnings that they have lost due to the harm suffered.Contact a Knowledgeable Truck Crash Lawyer in Abilene or Surrounding Communities
If you were injured in an 18-wheeler crash or another accident caused by an issue involving the truck’s brakes or another type of negligence, such as a failure to check a blind spot, you need to reach out to a personal injury attorney who can help. At the Galbreath Law Firm, we can investigate the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your options. We have an extensive knowledge of this area of law and can apply it to your case. We provide legal services to victims of wrecks involving semis, tractor-trailers, or other trucks in Abilene, Breckinridge, Brownwood, Cisco, Eastland, Clyde, Baird, Sweetwater, Snyder, Colorado City, Rosco, Anso, Albany, Haskel, Hamlin, Coleman, and Ranger Hill. To learn more, do not hesitate to call us at 325-437-7000 or contact us online. If you need help urgently, call 325-829-8000.