Philadelphia Brake Failure Lawyer
A recent study by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), found that 29 percent of all large truck accidents involved some form of brake failure. The most recent January 2014 NHTSA large trucks traffic safety report, found that 317,000 trucks were involved in traffic accidents resulting in 104,000 people injured and 3,921 people killed. Improper maintenance is the main reason for brake failures. Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations requires truck drivers prior to departure to perform a detailed pre-trip inspection noting the status of the truck’s brakes in the daily log. Truck owners also have a duty under federal trucking laws to properly maintain, repair, and inspect a truck’s brakes on a regular basis and to keep an up-to-date maintenance record. When the driver or company, negligently fails to maintain their trucks, or purposefully compromises the efficiency of the truck’s braking power, that results in a traffic accident which causes serious bodily harm, the injured party has a legal right to seek compensation for the harm caused. An experienced Philadelphia brake failure lawyer at the Rosenbaum and Associates law firm has successfully represented injured plaintiffs throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey region. If you or a loved one were injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, or reckless driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages associates with the crash.
When a big-rig, tanker, flatbed, or commercial truck’s brakes malfunction or fail, devastating injury can occur. Under Pennsylvania Tort Law, a valid claim for negligence will be made when a plaintiff establishes duty, breach, causation, and damages in Philadelphia. When commercial truck brakes fail or malfunction, there are several different parties that may individually or together be held responsible for the injury caused. The four most common parties are the driver, owner, truck mechanic, and or the brake manufacturer. These parties may be found liable if their failure of care resulted in an accident and subsequent harm. As defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulation § 350.105, a large truck is a vehicle with a gross vehicle rating greater than 10,000 pounds. Therefore, when a large truck experiences brake failure or the inability to stop, a 10,000-pound juggernaut is unleashed.
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of a truck’s faulty brakes, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the injury resulting from the truck accident in Philadelphia. To determine whether you have grounds for a case, please contact our Philadelphia truck accident attorneys online or call 1 800 7 LEGAL 7 for a Free Case Evaluation.