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Defective Truck Equipment and Brake Failure

In a 2001-2003 study of truck accidents, the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, data showed that defective equipment played a key role in truck accidents.  Blower and Green, in 2009 reported:

  • Almost 55 percent of truck crashes studied (post-crash) had at least one mechanical violation;
  • Nearly 30 percent had at least one out-of-service condition;
  • The most common problems were violations in the brake (36 percent) and lighting (19 percent) systems;
  • A truck with an out-of-service brake condition was 1.8 times more likely to be the vehicle that precipitated the crash; and
  • In rear-end and crossing-paths crashes, brake violations significantly increased the likelihood that the truck was the striking vehicle.

An earlier study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (late 1980s)  found:

  • Tractor-trailers with defective equipment were twice as likely to be in crashes as trucks without defects;
  • Brake defects were found in 56 percent of the tractor-trailers involved in crashes; and
  • Steering equipment defects were found in 21 percent of crash-involved trucks.

Federal and State Trucking Regulations

Truck owners, truck drivers, and trucking companies are required to adhere to standards and rules regulated by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Federal regulations restrict the number of hours a truck driver can be on the road, regulate how a trick is loaded – and require strict adherence to truck maintenance schedules.

Maryland State truck safety rules regulate weight restrictions on roads and bridges and dictate which lanes a truck must use on roads.

Our attorneys are familiar with federal and state trucking regulations.  We know how to prepare a case and show when regulations and guidelines have been ignored.  For example, when a truck is involved in an accident we check to see if it was properly maintained or there was a history of maintenance problems or failed equipment.

Truck Accident Victim & Wrongful Death Attorneys • Maryland & Washington, D.C.

Truck accidents cases can be complicated and often involve more than just holding a truck driver accountable.  Trucking companies and truck part manufacturers can also sometimes be at least partially responsible for accidents.

Our attorneys know trucking laws and regulations and how to uncover information that may help prove negligence.  If we cannot reach a fair settlement arrangement for a truck accident, our experienced truck accident trial lawyers aggressively pursue plaintiff’s rights to compensation in court.

From Rockville, MD law offices, our experienced trial lawyers for plaintiffs represent victims of large truck accidents in personal injury actions and families who lost a loved one in a truck accident in wrongful death settlements and lawsuits throughout Washington, D.C. and Maryland, including Rockville, Gaithersburg, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Baltimore, Chevy Chase, Barnesville, Brookeville, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Kensington, Laytonsville, Poolesville, Somerset, Washington Grove.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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