What causes truck braking failure accidents?

On Behalf of | May 22, 2023 | Truck Accidents |

Trucks are a common sight on highways and are essential for transporting goods across the country. However, with the increased use of these vehicles comes an increased risk of accidents, particularly when it comes to braking failure.

When a truck does not brake properly, it can careen out of control and crash into other vehicles. It is time to break the silence on these accidents and understand their causes.

Overlooking maintenance

Trucks are complex machines that require regular maintenance. When truck owners or operators fail to maintain their vehicles, they put themselves and others at risk. Worn brake pads, leaking brake lines and malfunctioning brake components can all lead to braking failure.

Overloading the truck

Overloading is often a result of companies trying to maximize their profits by transporting as much cargo as possible in a single trip. However, the load’s weight can significantly delay the truck’s ability to stop. For example, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that in order for loaded tractor-trailers to stop, they need about 20-40% more distance than regular cars.

Driving irresponsibly

Truck drivers are often under pressure to meet tight deadlines, and this can lead to fatigue and distraction. When drivers are not thinking clearly, they may not notice warning signs of braking failure, such as unusual noises or vibrations. They are also less likely to pay attention to what is in front of them.

While it is the truck driver’s responsibility to prevent braking failure, there are measures other drivers can take to stay out of harm’s way. This includes giving trucks enough space on the road and not abruptly pulling in front of them. By working together, drivers can create safer roads for everyone.