Tennessee Brake Malfunction Lawyers
Few things are scarier while driving than brake failure. When brakes malfunction, there is an incredibly high likelihood of an auto accident. Unfortunately, when the brakes on a semi-truck or 18-wheeler fail, the damage that can ensue is unprecedented. Large trucks and other commercial vehicles can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and the force of a collision at highway speeds has the potential to cause massive property destruction and critical injury to other drivers. Because there are many agents involved in a truck’s maintenance and operation, determining who is at fault for an accident caused by brake malfunction can be tricky. Brake manufacturers may not have followed the strict regulations imposed by the government to ensure each vehicle’s braking system is safe for driving. The trucking company may have failed to maintain the brakes, or the driver could have deliberately depowered the front brakes to avoid brake wear.
Suffering injury because of a brake malfunction can be angering and overwhelming. While you may not know who to hold responsible for the cause of your accident, the proficient brake malfunction attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP have the requisite knowledge to investigate what party should be held accountable for the brake failure. Allowing a vehicle of such large proportions to be driven with unsafe brakes is a threat to public safety and our legal team can help obtain restitution for your injuries.
Who is Responsible?
The Department of Transportation estimates that almost 30% of heavy-haul crashes are caused by brake-related issues. While the first instinct after an accident is to place blame on the driver, there are a number of parties that could be responsible for brake failure. These can include:
- The driver
- The owner/ operator of the truck
- The trucking company
- The brake manufacturer
- The truck loader
If a type of brake has already been federally recalled, there is strong evidence against the brake manufacturer for selling defective parts and the truck owner for not having the recalled brakes removed.
Contact a Brake Malfunction Attorney in Tennessee
Injuries sustained from a semi-truck or 18-wheeler can be very serious. If you or a loved has been the victim of a large fleet’s brake malfunction, don’t hesitate to contact our brake malfunction lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP for guidance throughout the legal process. We can help you recover the damages you’ve sustained in the accident, including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Contact our Tennessee offices at (615) 277-2765 today to discuss the details of your case.