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How Poor Truck Braking Causes Dangerous Accidents

By Grant Law Office on November 10, 2022

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Trucks’ downhill braking systems are vital as they can prevent devastating accidents. When a truck is traveling downhill, the weight of the load shifts to the front of the truck, making it difficult to stop. A good downhill braking system can help prevent this by automatically applying the brakes when the truck starts to descend a hill. This can help keep the truck under control and prevent it from getting out of control and causing an accident.

Why Trucking Companies Should Hire Experienced Drivers

There are many advantages to hiring experienced drivers for trucking companies. One of the most important advantages is that professional drivers are more likely to be able to control their vehicle during dangerous situations. This is extremely important for the safety of both the drivers and the cargo. In addition, experienced drivers are also more likely to be familiar with the routes and the areas where they will be driving. This can help to avoid delays and accidents. Overall, hiring experienced drivers is a smart decision for any trucking company.

How to Brake Correctly When Going Downhill

When driving a truck, it’s important to know how to brake correctly when going downhill. Here are a few tips:

  1. Use your brakes judiciously. If you’re braking too hard, you could cause the truck to skid.
  2. Use lower gears when going downhill. This will help you keep control of the truck and avoid brake fade.
  3. Make sure your brakes are in good condition. This is especially important if you’re driving in mountainous terrain.
  4. Pay attention to road conditions. You’ll need extra care when braking if it’s wet or icy.
  5. Allow for plenty of stopping distance.

By following these tips, you can ensure that you’ll be able to brake safely when going downhill in a truck.

Trucking Accidents

When braking happens incorrectly, it can cause a severe accident. The most common type of braking failure is when the driver does not press the brake pedal hard enough. This can cause the truck to skid or slide, especially on wet or icy roads. Also, if the truck is going too fast, it may not be able to stop in time and could crash into something. Another type of braking failure is when the brakes lock up. This can happen if the brake pads are worn out or if the brake fluid is low. When the brakes lock up, the car will skid and could crash.

Who is Liable for Faulty Brakes Trucking Accidents?

Liability after a trucking accident depends on several factors, including who owned the truck, who operated the truck then, and whether the brakes were properly maintained.

If the truck was owned by the company that employs the driver, the company might be liable for the accident. This is because the company is responsible for ensuring that its vehicles are safe to operate. For example, if the company knew or should have known that the brakes were faulty and did not take steps to fix the problem, it can be held responsible for the accident.

If the driver owned the truck, the driver might be liable for the accident. As the owner, the driver is responsible for maintaining the vehicle’s safe condition. If the driver had prior knowledge of faulty brakes and did not take steps to fix the problem, the court could hold the driver liable for the crash.

If the brakes were not properly maintained, whoever was responsible for maintaining the brakes may be held liable for the accident. This could be the truck owner, driver, or a third party, such as a mechanic or brake service. In addition, if the person responsible for maintaining the brakes knew or should have known that the brakes were not in proper working order and did not take steps to fix the problem, they could be held liable for the accident.

Hire An Atlanta Lawyer After A Truck Accident

A lawyer can investigate to discover whether improper braking caused your accident. If so, you may have a claim against the driver. To prove that the driver was negligent, your Atlanta truck accident lawyer must show that the driver did not take the reasonable or necessary steps to ensure road safety. The Grant Law Office will investigate the accident and gather evidence to confirm that the driver was responsible for the accident. Call (404) 995-3955 for a consultation.

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