Does defective equipment play an important role in truck crashes?

Posted by John Harris on Wed, Dec 08, 2010 @ 12:15 PM

Q: Does defective equipment play an important role in truck crashes?

A: Yes. Institute researchers who examined crashes of large trucks in Washington State found that tractor-trailers with defective equipment were twice as likely to be in crashes as trucks without defects. Brake defects were most common. They were found in 56 percent of the tractor-trailers involved in crashes. Steering equipment defects were found in 21 percent of crash-involved trucks.

Topics: Truck Accident Injuries & Deaths