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Semi-Truck Brake Failure Causing Truck Accident

When Faulty Brakes Lead to Truck Accidents

Bad brakes in a large commercial truck present an immediate danger to all others on the road. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a truck accident caused by faulty brakes, the Nashville truck accident lawyers at Kinnard Law are here to stand up for your rights. We have more than 150 years of collective experience handling truck injury cases throughout Tennessee, and a proven record of success winning favorable settlements and jury awards for our clients.

Call us at (615) 933-2893 to schedule a free case review with our experienced brakeattorneys in Tennessee.

Determining the Cause of a Truck Accident

Bad brakes can significantly increase the stopping distance of a semi-truck, making it impossible for the trucker to stop in time to avoid accidents. Uneven brakes can cause trucks to overturn or jackknife, as one side of the truck stops more suddenly than the other. The braking systems in trucks are complex and require routine maintenance. Air brakes require sealed lines; a leak could result in failure.

Truck drivers are required to do a pre-trip inspection during which they inspect their truck for defects. When drivers fail to perform this inspection, brake defects can go unnoticed. In some cases, drivers will notice brake problems, but decide to go forth with the trip anyway to save money or time.

We have access to experts in truck brake maintenance we can call upon to inspect the brakes of a truck after an accident. We can also investigate the accident scene, looking at skid marks to determine whether or not uneven braking caused the truck to rollover or jackknife. Our seasoned truck accident attorneys in Nashville, TN will do everything in their power to help you build a successful case.

FMCSA Inspection, Repair & Maintenance Requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s guidelines for inspection, repair, and maintenance of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are outlined in § 396.3. It requires every motor carrier to systematically inspect, repair, and maintain all vehicles under its control. It also dictates that truck parts and accessories, like brakes, must be in safe and proper operating condition at all times. Trucking companies not only have to do this, but must also keep a record of it for at least one year.

Not only do the brakes have to be maintained and inspected regularly, but the brakes also must be evaluated by a qualified brake inspector, per § 396.25. Semi truck accidents caused by brake failure where the carrier failed to adhere to these regulations could place liability for the crash on the trucking company.

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If you are interested in discussing your options with Kinnard Law, please contact our office today. Initial consultations are free and confidential, so you would have nothing to lose by seeking our help after a serious trucking accident. Having tried hundreds of cases, our firm has already recovered millions of dollars for injuries victims in Tennessee.

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  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Randall Kinnard is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a prestigious invite-only group comprised of the top 100 plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard (since 1993),
    Mary Ellen Morris (since 2017),
    and Jennifer Eberle (since 2022)
    have all been recognized for their legal skill and achievements.

  • Best Law Firms
    Best Law Firms

    The firm has received the prestigious “Best Law Firms” rating in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation and Health Care Litigation.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

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  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard is an inducted member of the ACTL, one of North America’s premier trial organizations comprised of less than 1% of all lawyers in each state.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

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  • Litigation Counsel of America
    Litigation Counsel of America

    Randall Kinnard is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invite-only honorary society comprised of less than .5% of all U.S. lawyers.

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    Randall Kinnard - Product Liability

    Attorney Randall Kinnard was named the 2019 Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Nashville, TN.

  • Super Laywers
    Super Laywers

    Randall Kinnard has been voted to TN Super Lawyers®. This organization recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in their practice area.

  • AV Preeminent Rating
    AV Preeminent Rating

    Randall Kinnard and Mary Ellen Morris have received the highest rating for legal excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.

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    40 Under 40

    Our attorneys have been voted by their peers to the "Top 40 under 40" Trial Lawyers list, as awarded by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

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    Best 150 Lawyers

    Our firm’s trial attorneys have been recognized among the state’s leading legal minds, and named by Business TN Magazine to its coveted “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee” list.

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    Best of the Bar 2023

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    We put personal attention on all of our cases and fight for the best possible outcome. Our clients are more than a number or a case to us.

  • Proven Success

    We have recovered millions in record-setting verdicts for our clients varying from medical malpractice to catastrophic auto accidents.

  • Trusted Experience

    Our team of seasoned attorneys includes certified civil trial and medical malpractice specialists who have tried hundreds of cases.

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