Although blind spots are one of the leading problems of truck crashes, there are other factors that contribute to Fort Lauderdale truck accidents including brake failure. This is because truck brakes get a great amount of use when they try to slow down an 80,000 pound vehicle. When drum brakes start fading, it can be difficult or impossible for a trucker to bring his rig to a stop without crashing.
It would seem like common sense for a trucking company to check a truck’s drum brakes frequently to make sure there isn’t a potential for brake failure; however, many trucking companies do not want to spend the time or money on preventative maintenance. This is because the cost of preventative maintenance can be expensive. When a trucker or his trucking company does not take care of the truck properly with preventative maintenance, it can start breaking down and could end up costing them a lot more money in the long run.
Additionally, a trucking company may feel that any time the truck is not driving, they aren’t making money. This is one of the main reasons why trucks are not serviced regularly because a trucking company won’t take a truck off the road when it needs to be used to haul goods across this nation.
Sadly, failure to maintain a semi truck can, in fact, cost the company more money down the road if brake failure causes the truck to wreck. Large commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and become a threat to other cars. It is essential for trucks to be kept in good working order for roadway safety.
When a trucking company disregards maintenance and places a dangerous semi on the road, that company can be held accountable if a Fort Lauderdale truck crash occurs.
If You Were Injured in a South Florida Truck Accident
If a large truck plowed into your car or it seemed like the brakes weren’t working on the semi prior to your crash, the brakes may have gone out in that truck. You may be able to hold a trucking company liable for failing to maintain a truck’s brakes and other critical truck maintenance. This process can be complex because trucking companies are large, have a lot of money and know how to play their cards.
A lawyer experienced in Florida truck crashes can help you by investigating the cause of the crash and by requesting a trucker’s log books and other critical information such as a truck’s on-board computer or black box.
If poor maintenance or faulty brakes led to your Broward County truck accident and injuries, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages and instances of pain and suffering.
Contact the office of David M. Benenfeld if you’ve been involved in a crash with a truck. We can provide the representation you deserve.