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Do truckers often blame their vehicles for accidents?

It's pretty common to be involved in an accident and not really know who was at fault, at least at first. You may feel like a truck just came out of nowhere. Everything happens very quickly, though, and you may not be sure if you actually cut it off. In the wake of the accident, everyone may blame someone or something else, trying to push the blame away from themselves.

At this time, truckers will often try to blame the vehicles. For example, a truck driver may say that he or she tried to stop, but the brakes gave out and there was nothing that could be done.

In some cases, this is true. It has been known to happen in Illinois and elsewhere. However, it is important to know that brakes are designed very carefully so that they rarely ever give out entirely.

That doesn't mean that the driver is lying, though. He or she may feel like the brakes failed. Professionals in the industry warn that this sometimes comes about because the brakes were not maintained properly. As a result, they did not work as well as they should have. They didn't give out completely, but they still couldn't stop the truck in time.

Depending on the situation, an accident caused in that way could still be the fault of the trucker. Drivers are expected to keep their trucks in good working order at all times.

Those who have been involved in truck accidents need to know their legal options, especially if another driver is claiming he or she is not at fault in the wreck.

Source: Crash Forensics, "Air Brake Failure Analysis," accessed June 26, 2015

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