Were you rear-ended by a tractor trailer on Highway 78 in Loganville, Georgia because the truck’s brakes failed?
If so, you may have a case against the trucking company that owns and maintains the truck. Please see below what you need to investigate when a truck’s brakes failed leading up to an accident.
HAVE AN EXPERT INSPECT THE TRUCK’S BRAKES
There are numerous expert accident reconstruction companies that are available for hire to conduct a full inspection of the truck, including its brakes system. The expert can conduct an inspection of the brakes and determine whether they were in proper working order.
The trucking company has a duty to make sure the trucks it puts on the road is properly maintained. If the trucking company fails to properly maintain its trucks and an accident occurs as a result, the trucking company can be held liable.
REQUEST THE TRUCKING COMPANY’S MAINTENANCE RECORDS
Trucking companies are required to keep maintenance records for their trucks. Make sure to obtain these records and review these records to see if there were prior issues with the brakes in the truck as well as whether proper inspection and maintenance procedures were followed leading up to the accident.
IF A FATALITY OCCURRED, OBTAIN THE GEORGIA STATE PATROL SCRT RECORDS
The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team investigates all fatal crashes in Georgia. If a fatality occurred, then you need to request all records from the Georgia State Patrol SCRT investigation to see if the brakes were inspected. Since the SCRT team is not going to be biased towards either party involved in the accident, the SCRT team’s findings will likely be more credible with the jury.
CONTACT BARTLETT BENTON
If you were rear ended on Highway 78 in Loganville, Georgia because a tractor trailer’s brakes failed, please call Bartlett at 770-365-6414 for a free case evaluation.