18-wheelers and semi trucks are large, powerful vehicles, and truck drivers need to be able to rely on essential components like braking systems in order to safely control these commercial trucks. Truck part designers and manufacturers must work carefully to design, create, and install dependable braking systems that have the strength to slow and stop heavy trucks, as any mistakes can lead to catastrophic auto accidents. However, victims injured by runaway trucks may be entitled to seek compensation from the truck part companies at fault for the defective braking systems.
Due to the force generated by semi trucks and 18-wheelers, braking systems must be robust enough so that they can effectively stop these commercial vehicles when necessary. Unfortunately, any defects within the braking system can make it difficult or even impossible for truck drivers to slow their vehicles. Some of the most common types of brake system defects caused by designer or manufacturer negligence include:
Additionally, trucking companies are responsible for performing routine inspections and maintenance on their trucks’ braking systems, and if they ignore any brake issues, they can be held at fault for the ensuing damages.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a truck accident due to a braking system flaw, you may be able to hold the defective part’s designer or manufacturer accountable for your pain and suffering. For more information about your legal rights and options, contact the experienced attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at (414) 271-0900.