Who is Liable when a New Jersey Truck’s Defective Brakes Cause an Accident?

When the brakes fail on a tractor-trailer, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. Determining why the brakes failed affects who may be held liable for the accident. There are many reasons why New Jersey commercial truck brake failure may occur. Poor truck maintenance is among the leading causes of brake failure in big rigs. When a trucking firm fails to properly maintain its fleet, serious malfunctions could occur. Another cause for brake failure is overloading. When a truck is overloaded, it can put a great deal of stress on the brakes, causing it to fail.

When an 80,000-pound vehicle barrels out of control, the consequences can be devastating. When a collision occurs between an out-of-control truck and smaller vehicles, the occupants of the passenger vehicles suffer major injuries. Holding truck drivers, truck insurance companies and part manufacturers liable for a crash can be a complicated and stressful process.

Having a skilled truck accident lawyer on your side can help expedite the process and ensure that your rights are protected. If the brake failure occurs as a result of poor maintenance or overloading, the trucking company can be held liable. In some cases, a defective auto product could also lead to brake failure. In such cases, the auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective product could also be held liable.

The Princeton truck crash injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have years of experience handling all types of truck collisions. If you or a loved one has been involved in a New Jersey truck accident caused by brake failure, please call our office today at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive claim evaluation.