In late September, a semi tanker crashed and leaked approximately 3,000 gallons of gas onto Interstate 4. The highway was forced to close for several hours while a hazardous materials crew attempted to clean up the spill.
According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, two other vehicles were involved in the collision. The driver of a Dodge pickup was allegedly trying to change lanes when it entered into the path of a Ford Mustang. The pickup and car collided with each other and then crashed into the Mack tanker, which was carrying more than 8,000 gallons of gasoline. The driver of the Dodge has been cited for making an improper lane change.
Commercial truck brakes
Unlike passenger vehicles, trucks require a lot of time to slow down and come to a complete stop. Additionally, brake failure is one of the leading causes of trucking accidents in the United States. In fact, approximately 29 percent of all large truck collisions are related to brake malfunction, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
If you have been in a truck accident and you believe the truck’s brakes failed, you may be able to file a claim against the responsible party. However, determining who is liable for a trucking accident can be a difficult process, and one best done with the aid of an experienced attorney.
Truck accident liability
In trucking accidents, several parties may be at fault. Truck drivers may fail to take adequate breaks, leading to dangerous fatigued driving. They may also be negligent by drinking and driving or engaging with distractions, such as cell phones and mobile devices. In other cases, an accident may stem from malfunctioning equipment on a tractor-trailer that was not properly maintained.
To learn more about your options after a serious crash in Florida, contact a knowledgeable Bradenton auto accident attorney with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.