Truck Crashes Through Starbucks in Marrero, Pregnant Woman Injured
Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 8:18 pm
According to officials, the truck driver said her brakes malfunctioned, causing her to crash into the establishment.
Fortunately, no one else was injured at the scene.
Truck Brake Malfunctions
Heavy trucks are a crucial part of the American economy. However, their size makes them more prone to causing significant damage in the event of an accident.
Brake malfunction is one of the most dangerous mechanical errors as it can cause a truck to go out of control. The same thing happened to another recent truck collision into an establishment in Louisiana.
There are a number of reasons why brakes will malfunction such as:
- Damage to air supply – the brakes of the truck rely on air pressure to function properly. A simple leak in the air supply will restrict them from properly functioning.
- Overheating – over-application and dragging may cause the brakes to overheat, leading to malfunction.
- Errors in brake adjustments – new trucks are equipped with automatic brake adjusters. However, trucks that do not have this feature rely on manual adjustments. In this case, too much manual adjustment may cause the clutch mechanisms to fail, and, when this happens, the adjustments will unravel on its own when they are applied.
Aside from brake malfunction, here are some other truck issues that cause the most accidents in the US:
- Truck lighting malfunction (headlights, taillights, turn signals)
- Missing or defective safety lighting
- Oil and grease leaks
- Worn tires
The Responsibility of Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies
Truck accidents can be deadly. It is the duty of truck drivers and trucking companies to keep their trucks in reasonably safe condition. Failing to do so will result in fatalities, and victims will have the right to seek financial compensation for their losses.
Trucking mechanical errors due to negligent maintenance may put not just the drivers at risk but everyone on the road.
What happened in Marrero is evident on whose fault it is. However, in cases like these, there are several things that you should keep in mind:
- It is essential not to admit or discuss fault at the scene
- Only record the facts that will be used for investigation
- It is helpful to take photos and obtain the names and contact information of witnesses
- It is best not to engage with the other party at the scene
The police, insurance company, and lawyers will handle the case and conduct investigations to properly determine who’s at fault.
How Trucking Companies Attempt to Avoid Liability
After an accident, it is possible for a trucking company to avoid liability by:
- Coaching their drivers. They do this by training their drivers on what to say and do following a crash.
- Damage control. The employees of the trucking company may arrive at the scene within minutes where they can gather any evidence that may show negligence on their part.
- Calling insurers. Trucking companies are heavily insured and in the case of an accident, a trucking company may get in touch with their insurer to make necessary adjustments to deny claims.
Protecting Your Rights Following a Truck Accident
Truck crashes are known to cause more life-changing injuries compared to car accidents. Due to their weight and size, a truck can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, or internal damage that may require extensive medical treatment. In most cases, truck accident victims are forced out of work and into the hospital for weeks or even months. Unfortunately, trucking companies always attempt to withhold payment to victims.
That is why it is essential that you have good representation. Here at Williams Kherkher, we will help protect your rights following a truck accident.
Truck accidents are more complicated than auto accidents thus we encourage victims to seek professional representation to ensure that they get exactly what they deserve. Call us today at (713) 352-7071 to schedule a free consultation.