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Trucking Brake Malfunction
Motor vehicle accidents that involve a commercial truck are almost guaranteed to result in more serious injuries and significant property damage than those that do not, and the reasons are fairly obvious. Even without a fully loaded trailer, the average commercial truck is dramatically larger in size than a passenger car or truck and is also substantially heavier.
Given the potential severity of a trucking accident, it is of great importance that commercial fleet vehicles and owner-operator rigs are properly maintained and equipped with functioning systems and parts. Negligent maintenance, manufacture, or installation of the brakes can lead to dangerous malfunctions.
If you have reason to suspect that defective or malfunctioning mechanical systems of an 18-wheeler caused or amplified the adverse effects of a motor vehicle accident in which you have been involved, we can help. Contact the Cedar Rapids trucking brake malfunction lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C. at (319) 294-4424 to learn more about the financial compensation that a successful lawsuit may gain.
Potential Causes of Trucking Brake Malfunctions
Because semi-trucks are so much heavier than personal use cars and trucks, their brake systems must be substantially stronger, or else there would be no way to bring such a massive vehicle to a timely halt. But a truck’s brakes function as an interdependent mechanism of which all the constituent parts must be working to ensure proper stopping power. Potential causes of trucking brake malfunctions may be:
- Leaks in the brake fluid lines
- Excessive heating on the points of brake contact
- Improperly installed brake pads
- Warped brake rotors
If any of these problems exist, the damage to innocent and unsuspecting drivers and passengers on the road can be devastating.
There are so many things that can potentially go awry with a truck’s brakes, and it only takes one to result in a serious accident. If you have been injured because of a semi-truck’s defective brakes, contact the Cedar Rapids mechanical defect lawyers from Leehey Olson Law, P.C., at (319) 294-4424 to discuss your legal rights and options.