Semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are gigantic machines. They can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, or 40 tons, with a full load. Safely slowing and stopping a tractor-trailer requires powerful and complex braking mechanisms.
Properly working brakes are critical to the safety of the truck driver and everyone else on the road. These brakes must be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure they work right. Federal law requires this.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency that regulates the trucking industry. Every motor carrier and equipment provider must systematically inspect, repair, and maintain their fleet of vehicles, according to FMCSA Rule 396.3. They have a responsibility to make sure that all vehicles and accessories are safe to operate at all times.
Trucking companies do not always live up to their maintenance responsibilities. Keeping a truck off the road for maintenance prevents it from making deliveries and costs the company in servicing fees and downtime.
When a truck’s faulty brakes fail, severe or potentially fatal semi-truck accidents often result.
If you have been hurt in an accident due to defective truck brakes, call Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons today for a free consultation. We have extensive experience helping people who’ve been hurt in truck accidents seek justice and fair compensation. We’re ready to go to work for you.