Brake Failure Accidents


All across Missouri, large trucks travel the highways and carry heavy freight loads throughout the region. Although truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to strict laws regarding regular maintenance, training, checkups, and drug testing, many companies and drivers fail to comply with these laws and subject other motorists on the roads to the risk of severe harm. 

One of the most common types of big rig accidents involves brake failure. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, nearly 30 percent of commercial vehicle collisions are due to brake failure. 

Truck accident lawyer Matt Uhrig is dedicated to helping people in Columbia and the surrounding communities who have been harmed by the carelessness of others. We can assist you in pursuing the compensation that you deserve.

Assert Your Right to Compensation from a Negligent Driver or Company

To recover compensation for a truck accident in Missouri, the first step generally requires establishing that the trucking company owed the victim a duty of care. 

Trucking companies owe motorists on the road a duty to ensure that their equipment is in proper working order. A failure to adhere to this standard generally renders the trucking company liable for any injuries that result from an accident involving a brake failure. There are many mechanical issues that can lead to a brake failure in a large truck, including overheated brakes, overly thin brake pads, brakes tainted with oil and grease, and tires that are worn.

After establishing that the trucking company engaged in inadequate maintenance and inspection, the plaintiff must prove that the company’s breach caused his or her injuries. In many cases, an accident reconstructionist will be brought in to study the collision and determine how it happened. In a brake failure case, the expert will typically examine components from the truck and other vehicles struck in the collision. Based on this analysis, the expert can determine whether the truck’s brake failure was the cause of the accident or whether some other factors were involved.

The final step of a truck accident case requires the plaintiff to submit supporting evidence and documentation of the costs and losses that he or she sustained as a result of the collision. Since trucks are enormous and carry heavy loads, the injuries involved are often severe and devastating for victims. Broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and even death, unfortunately, are common outcomes of collisions involving trucks, especially when their brakes fail at high speeds. In many cases, the victims will require surgery and physical therapy, and they may be prevented from returning to their usual occupations for a substantial period of time, or indefinitely. 

If the trucking company is found negligent, it likely will be required to compensate the victim for both economic and non-economic damages. These tend to include medical bills, the costs of future treatment, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other possible examples.

Seek Legal Representation After a Motor Vehicle Collision

If you have suffered injuries as the result of a trucking company’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Injury attorney Matt Uhrig asserts the rights of truck accident victims in the Columbia area and elsewhere in Missouri, including in Ashland and Jefferson City. We understand how devastating this experience can be for you and your family, and we approach each case with the compassion and dedication it deserves. Call us at 573-657-2050 or contact us online to set up a free consultation today.