Truck Brakes do not Fail by Themselves
A deadly collision that involved a semi-truck or 18-wheeler shut down Interstate 10 East near Sunland Park in El Paso, Texas. The accident, which occurred during the evening rush hour on May 23, 2016, killed two women and injured five others. According to the truck driver, he was driving between 50 and 55 mph when he crashed due to brake failure.
Brake failure may be the most common cause of truck accidents, however, one should realize that truck brakes do not fail by themselves. Truck brakes, according to a veteran air-brake-equipped truck (truck) driver, can heat up and cease to work properly or malfunction, however, to say that the brakes failed would be an inaccurate summation of the problem.
Crashed or totally damaged vehicles are often the sight whenever accidents involving trucks occur. Whenever a truck rams smaller vehicles though, property damage should be the last thing one ought to be concerned about; the more fearful consequences of truck accidents are the number of those injured and the severity of injury sustained.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), both branches of the US Department of Transportation, work together in making sure that trucks are operated only by drivers who have been trained and are fully qualified to drive a truck. While the FMCSA, specifically, sees to it that the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program of each state adheres to the standards and requirements postulated in the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, which says that drivers should be qualified in handling commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), while those who are not qualified and those who cannot operate a truck safely should be removed from the road, both government branches also pass laws that will help keep preventable collisions from taking place.
One law that specifically addresses the issue of safe operation of trucks is FMCSA’s stipulated standards on truck’s brake and brake parts. Brakes are among the most important functions of 18-wheelers; brake failure, on the other hand, is one of the major causes of trucks accidents. The most identified causes of brake failure include: thinning or wearing out or brake pads; overheated brakes; brakes getting suffused with grease or oil; brakes and brake components failing to meet the standard requirements on construction, installation and maintenance which will prevent excessive fading and grabbing. A truck’s braking system, says the FMCSA, must “provide for safe and reliable stopping of the commercial motor vehicle.”
A truck accident can easily cause severe injuries, such as brain damage, spinal and neck injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, including bleeding and organ damage or severe cuts and scarring. “In the state of Florida,” as shared by the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. in its website, “there are as many as 500 truck accidents every month, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries.” Being injured in a truck accident because of the wrongdoing of a truck driver or trucking company, a victim should never delay contacting a truck accident or personal injury lawyer, who may be able to provide him/her the legal help necessary in making the liable party answer for the damages resulting from his/her injurious or deadly mistakes.