According to a recent study, 29% of large truck crashes occur due to brake problems. Brake failure can occur for a variety of reasons but the most common are poor air pressure, overheated brakes, worn break components, or brakes out of adjustment.
A recent semi truck crash in Washington
A very brief article on KHQ states that on Monday August 16, 2016 the driver of a semi pulling a trailer was headed southbound on State Route 21 in Odessa when the brakes on his semi failed. It is unclear if the truck was his personal vehicle or not. Regardless, this was a tragic accident and according to the article this terrible accident could not have happened to a nicer person.
Who is responsible for brake failures?
The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors and the type of brake failure which has occurred. Brakes can fail due to manufacturer defects. In other cases, the driver is responsible and has neglected to do an inspection before his or her trip. The company who loaded the truck or the party responsible for maintaining the brakes is often liable as well.
Have you or a loved one been involved in a truck accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi truck accident please contact us today for a free and confidential consultation. Additional information on truck accidents is available on our Spokane Truck Accident Lawyer web page as well. We have experience with truck accidents in Washington and accidents resulting in fatalities as well.