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Homestead Improper Braking Technique

Truck drivers are especially trained to use air brakes, the types of brakes used on commercial trucks, including tractor-trailers and big rigs. When truck drivers use incorrect braking technique or do not adjust for the fact that trucks take much longer to brake than passenger cars, rear end accidents, override accidents, and other traffic crashes are the common result.

If you have been in a truck accident in Homestead, it may be obvious that braking issues were the result. If a truck crashed into you because it did not stop in time, it is normal to suspect braking failure or incorrect braking technique. In other traffic accidents, it may be harder to determine whether braking issues contributed to the accident and your injuries. To get the facts, contact a personal injury attorney with experience in these types of cases. Contact Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation consultation to find out about your legal options and about what steps can be taken to get the facts in your case.

What constitutes incorrect braking technique?

Truck drivers may make a number of preventable mistakes that can lead to a collision:

  • Braking too quickly or suddenly
  • Leaving emergency brakes on, which can cause brakes to fail
  • Not maintaining brakes and checking brakes regularly
  • Overloading the truck or failing to ensure that cargo is correctly loaded and secured, placing additional pressure on brakes

Braking failure is often preventable if drivers are careful to ensure that they brake correctly. Unfortunately, not all motor carriers are careful in selecting, screening, and training their drivers. There is currently a labor shortage when it comes to qualified truck drivers, and some motor carriers feel pressure to hire truck drivers where available, rather than carefully checking to make sure that drivers are qualified for their jobs.

Why Consulting a Personal Injury Attorney is Crucial

If a truck driver uses incorrect braking technique and this leads to an accident as well as injuries, both the truck driver and motor carrier may be held partly liable for the accident and injuries. In fact, there may be multiple liable parties, depending on the specific situation. Since there may be multiple liable parties and since truck accident cases tend to be somewhat complex, it is always best to consult with a personal injury attorney if you have been injured in a truck accident. An attorney may work with engineers, expert witnesses, accident reconstruction professionals, private investigators, and other professionals to build a strong case and to bring you some answers about what has caused your accident.

If you think you may have a legal claim after your traffic accident, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation consultation. Flaxman Law Group has offices in Homestead, Miami, and Hollywood to better serve the entire Southern Florida area. The attorneys at Flaxman Law Group have handled thousands of cases similar to yours and have helped recover more than $100 million in compensation on behalf of plaintiffs. Contact the full-service of Flaxman Law Group today to discuss your case.