When there is a brake failure, usually it is serious enough that other drivers on the road should be aware of the problem. However, other drivers are not made aware of the brake failure, and they strike the vehicle with no warning.
The big question is, how far does it take a semi to stop? It takes a semi-trailer the same distance as the length of the trailer. Even though a semi-trailer can be almost 80 feet long, it is still easy for a driver to stop if they are paying attention and keeping their foot on the brake pedal.
It is also important to note that sometimes car drivers think they see two red lights instead of one, but that is a common misperception because of the vehicle’s height. The height makes it look like there are two lights when there is only one.
Then again, it is possible that the driver who hit the semi did not see either of the lights at all. It could have happened if they were driving in bad weather conditions or when another vehicle blocked their view of the truck.
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Are truck drivers responsible for brakes?
When a car hits a semi-trailer crossing the intersection, it can be very easy to blame the semi-truck driver. After all, they were driving and had control of their vehicle, so some people believe that they must have been at fault for the accident. However, truck drivers do not always control whether or not their brakes fail.
One of the worst cases is when a semi-trailer blows out its breaks because of faulty equipment. Depending on where the breakdown happened, this could mean that there is nothing any driver can do to protect themselves from getting involved in an accident.
How do you prove brake failure?
If there is a brake failure, there are two things you can do to prove it in court. The first thing you need to do is get notes from other drivers who saw the semi-trailer braking in its attempt to stop. If no one else was involved in the accident, take pictures of the semi after the wreck and show that the breaks were defective.
Secondly, a mechanic may have repaired brakes on this truck before, and they can testify as to the signs of brake failure. If all else fails, find someone from your work willing to say that you have been having brake issues with the semi-trailer. As long as one piece of evidence exists that shows the brakes were defective, then you have a case against the truck driver.
We all understand that the truck driver is not always at fault for an accident. Truck drivers do everything they can to prevent accidents, and it takes a lot of training to maneuver such a large vehicle, most times with only one arm. When there is an accident involving a truck, most people automatically assume the truck driver was at fault and did not put much thought into it.
However, trucks and cars require two sets of brakes because the truck will always outweigh a car by multiple tons.
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