2017-02-21T13:53:37+00:00Pritzker Hageman, P.A.Fred Pritzker 45 S 7th St, #2950 Minneapolis, MN, 55402 U.S.A +1.612.338.0202

The top factor involved in large truck crashes is brake problems, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Truck drivers and trucking companies are responsible for making sure the giants of the road have brakes that work well. There is no excuse for brakes that don’t work, and it does not exculpate a truck owner or driver to say a crash was caused by bad brakes.

A horrendous crash in western Wisconsin involving a Twin Cities freight truck and a pickup resulted in the death of the passenger of the pickup and serious injuries to the driver of the pickup. The freight truck driver blamed his brakes.

Whether the brakes were bad or not, the brakes are not to blame, that goes to the truck driver and owner of the truck. The brakes should have worked.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened just before noon on Tuesday at Wisconsin Highway 48 and Polk County Highway E. The freight truck driver was heading south on Highway E. He hit the pick up between Luck and Cumberland.

The statement from the Sheriff’s Office said truck driver stated he applied his brakes, experienced a mechanical problem with them, and ran a stop sign before crashing into the pickup.