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Braking Failures / Rear End Collision Truck Accidents

Braking failures that can cause rear end collision truck accidents, occur in metro Atlanta and around Georgia and are some of the most dangerous involving heavy and large vehicles. The distance required for a semi-truck or tractor-trailer to stop is greater than that of other vehicles. When truck drivers fail to leave sufficient distances between their truck and the vehicles in front of them or when a brake failure or unexpected issue on the road occurs, it is likely that a rear end collision will also occur. According to a recent study by the Department of Transportation, nearly 30 percent of truck crashes involve an issue with the truck’s braking system.

Atlanta area truck accident lawyer Charles Scholle leads the team at Scholle Law. We represent victims injured in braking failure and rear end collision truck accidents. Often victims have been injured quite seriously, or family members have lost their lives, due to the size and weight of these vehicles. Often families are dealing with major medical bills and legal matters that should be handled by an expert. As dedicated injury attorneys, Scholle Law and the entire legal team at the firm, is devoted to helping those recovering from serious injury and providing the support needed after a truck collision.

Because braking failures and rear end truck accidents can cause serious and fatal injuries and are dangerous for all on the road, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established strict rules and regulations (49 C.F.R. sections 571, 105, 121) on commercial motor carriers. These establish what is required for braking systems on large trucks. Trucks must be equipped with specific types of braking systems, such as those involved in travel while on the road, in parking the vehicle and in emergencies. All braking systems must be in good working order. If they aren’t, a braking failure and/or a rear end accident can be the result. These are often very serious.

In addition to the type of braking systems required by federal law, the truck itself must be able to stop within a certain distance. A truck must have a specific braking force determined by the truck’s weight, it must be able to decelerate to a stop from 20 miles per hour at a rate that correlates to its size and it must comply with automatic brake adjustment system requirements.

When a braking failure accident occurs, the trucking company and the brake manufacturer can be held responsible for the serious and fatal injuries that can occur with these large vehicles. Investigation after an accident can also involve the inspections that were performed on the truck that are required by the driver and the company. Records must be kept on these inspections. These inspections require checking the brake shoes, making sure there are no lost components to the brakes and listening for leaks in the brake chamber, which would indicate a potential braking problem.

Another part of the investigation can include whether the brakes were properly engaged at the time of the rear end or other collision. Sometimes drivers use the downshift, rather than the braking system to stop their trucks. They do this to avoid the expense involved in brake replacement. This is a violation of the law.

Atlanta braking failures and rear end collision truck accident lawyer Charles Scholle and the Scholle Law team, will fight for the rights and remedies to which you and your family are entitled. Attorney Scholle has earned the highest ratings possible from his peers for his legal expertise and ethics. The law firm applies those high standards in every case and we are here to serve you and your family in the most difficult times.


Please contact Scholle Law or call toll-free 866-972-5287 or in Atlanta 770-717-5100 to set up a free consultation with no obligation to discuss your braking failure and rear end collision truck accident.

From our main offices in Duluth and our other convenient offices in the Perimeter, Decatur and Midtown, we represent victims of braking failures and rear end collision truck accidents throughout Atlanta and Georgia.

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