Proper maintenance of truck equipment is important for everyone on the road, but cost-saving measures often over-ride safety concerns. One of the biggest cost-cutting measures that South Dakota trucking companies and drivers tend to undertake is to depower or remove the front brakes. This is, unfortunately, the cause of many truck accidents throughout the state.
Why would a trucking company depower or remove the front brakes, thereby risking the lives of the truck driver and others on the road?
When the trucking company depowers or unhooks the front brakes, the driver then relies on the brakes of the trailer and downshifting to stop or slow a vehicle. This lowers operating costs by:
Minimizing the wear on and expense of the tires
Minimizing brake wear
Minimizing replacement costs
However, the South Dakota attorneys in our office see this as a cause of serious truck accidents. When the front brakes are removed or unhooked, the trucker is unable to stop quickly. In addition, the brakes tend to fail, overheat or malfunction, and an over-sized eighteen-wheeler can easily jackknife.
Depowering and removing the front brakes is a dangerous way to decrease operating costs. If you have been in a crash with a truck, contact our law office of Zimmer, Duncan & Cole. Our team of experienced South Dakota lawyers will determine the cause of the crash and will work hard to protect your rights. Call our office toll free at (888) 733-2992 or complete the contact form on this page for a free consultation. Also order a copy of the free and important guide written by our attorneys, The Ultimate Guide to Car and Truck Accident Cases in South Dakota: 7 Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Injury Claim, available on our website.