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10 Car Accident in Central New York

When you are driving down the road and you see a stop sign or stoplight, or even something in the road, you put your foot on the brake pedal and expect that your car will come to a stop. Even in the event that you have to stop suddenly, many people are able to avoid an accident by applying their brakes. However, a tractor-trailer driver has a much more difficult task if they want to bring their vehicle to a stop. In addition to taking much longer to bring a truck to a complete stop, faulty brakes are often one of the leading factors in an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

If you have been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer do not wait to seek legal help. The trucking accident attorneys at The Reiff Law Firm have been helping clients all over the country for over 40 years. We have the experience and the knowledge to help you recover for your injuries. Contact us today at (215) 709-6940 to schedule your private, no-cost evaluation.

Tractor-trailer Brakes Lead to Truck Accidents

Binghamton New York recently was the scene of a major accident, which involved at least 10 vehicles including a tractor-trailer.  The accident happened shortly after four in the afternoon on Route 17. Miraculously, there were no fatalities in this accident. However, one woman had to be pulled from her vehicle while it was on fire.

However, this accident was reportedly caused by the tractor-trailer driver driving an out-of-service vehicle. His truck was carrying stone blocks when it collided with several other vehicles.  The tractor-trailer struck the vehicle from behind and trapped the driver of the car.  While an exact cause of the accident has not been determined a preliminary report showed that the tractor-trailer’s brakes were inadequate and were at least a contributing factor in the accident.

While the entire accident on Route 17 is under investigation, one of the factors that lead to the accident were inadequate brakes. This accident highlights a constant problem in the trucking industry – mechanical failures. Out of all the mechanical parts that could go wrong on a tractor-trailer two of the biggest contributors are the brakes and the tires.

A tractor-trailer uses a very different braking system than a standard passenger car. While the car in your driveway or garage will often use something known as a drum brake that will use friction to bring your car to a stop, a tractor-trailer uses a different system. A tractor’s braking system usually consists of an air brake system and a brake drum. The brake drum is similar to the system that you may use in your car and uses friction in order to reduce the speed of the vehicle and to bring it to a stop. Because these drums are under an immense amount of pressure from the vehicle they can reach temperatures as high as 600 degrees if these brakes are not continuously monitored.  If the braking drum is not monitored then it can lead to complete and total brake failure.

However, more often a system of air brakes is used. Air brakes are used in trucks, buses, trailers, and semi-trailers. This braking system is often the preferred type of braking system because it allows multiples trailers to be attached to one truck and offers a more thorough emergency braking system.

These air brakes use a series of compression systems to make sure that the car can stop and include several parts such as control pedals, parking brakes, service brakes, air compressors, compressed air storage tanks. Drivers use these brakes by stepping on their brake pedal, in a similar manner that a passenger vehicle driver would do. However, when a tractor-trailer driver steps on their brakes, it creates pressure that moves the air into the brake chamber.

As you can imagine, these air brakes require a great deal of maintenance. When a problem develops, even a small one there may not be enough friction to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. In the case of this accident in Binghamton New York, the brakes were noted as being one of the contributing factors to the accident. This highlights, that the brakes in a tractor-trailer need to be checked and maintained regularly.

Injured because of trucks defective brakes? Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Today

Truck accidents are often as complex as the trucks themselves. This is particularly true when there is a brake failure. If you have been in an accident with a tractor-trailer do not wait to contact one of our attorneys at The Truck Accident Team. With over 40 years of experience, we employ our creative thinking and legal experience to help identify what went wrong and how we can help you recover for your injuries. To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call a truck accident lawyer of The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940 or contact us online. If the statute of limitations expires, your window of legal opportunity will close and you won’t be able to pursue a claim. So contact us today to see how we can make our experience work for you. You only pay if there’s a financial recovery.

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