Brake Failure: One of the Major Causes of Trucks Accidents

Big rigs or 18-wheeler trucks hauling and delivering goods to business firms and people’s doorsteps help drive the US economy; however, despite this major contribution, many motorists still dread the chance of sharing the road with them due to their huge size.

Crashed vehicles are often the site whenever accidents involving trucks occur. Whenever a truck driver rams smaller vehicles though, property damage is almost always the least thing one is concerned about; the more fearful consequences of these 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 to make sure that trucks are operated only by drivers who have been trained and are fully qualified to drive a truck. And while the FMCSA 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; or 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, as mandated by the FMCSA must “provide for safe and reliable stopping of the commercial motor vehicle.” (

The law firm Habush Habush & Rottier says on its website that a truck or truck part malfunctioning can lead to a can lead to a terrible accident that can 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. A truck accident victim may be entitled to compensation from whoever may be determined responsible for the accident that occurred: the truck driver, the trucking firm, the manufacturer of the defective truck or truck part, or maybe even all of them.