INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A dump truck experienced brake failure, resulting in a collision with a recreational vehicle on the Mount Rose Highway. The crash occurred near the intersection of Mount Rose Highway and Fairview Boulevard,
The dump truck collided with a recreational vehicle, causing the vehicle to overturn. The RV driver required extrication and was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The dump truck then struck a tree, igniting a fire that spread to at least one tree.
The dump truck’s driver was cited in connection with the incident and did not require medical treatment.
Injured Motorists Deserves Justice in Wake of Preventable Crash
According to one study in 2015 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), brake failure was a factor in about 10,000 accidents. Lack of maintenance, improper maintenance, and poor maintenance all contribute to brake failure in trucks. Truck drivers, trucking companies, and truck repair shops are responsible for ensuring brakes work correctly and do not cause hazardous roadway situations.
This accident needs further investigation to reveal why the truck driver’s brakes failed. Mechanical issues such as misaligned brake linings and leaky fluid lines can cause brakes to fail fast. This is why routine maintenance is critical. Truck drivers and the truck company they work for are responsible for regular maintenance that will catch any mechanical issues promptly. When they fail to check their trucks frequently, they are responsible for any injuries or deaths that may result from their actions.
In addition, repair shops are also responsible for having trained technicians who know how to work on large truck brakes. If a repair shop technician improperly installs, maintains, or misses a mechanical brake issue, they may be held liable for any harm their negligent actions may cause.
Another detail that needs further investigation involves why the driver was cited for a violation. Was the dump truck over its weight limits, causing the brakes to fail? An overloaded truck adds pressure to the braking system, which can also cause the brakes to malfunction or fail. This is especially true in areas with mountainous roadways, such as those in Incline Village.
Although we do not know why the brakes failed, we do know that the victim in this accident deserves answers and to be appropriately compensated for medical bills, pain and suffering, and any other life-altering changes due to this crash. To recover all compensation available, all wrongdoers must be identified.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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