Yonkers, NY asked in Car Accidents for New York

Q: If a vehicle changes lane do to mechanical failure .Should the driver be ticketed.

I was driving a tractor trailer a airline blew .Causing the tractor brakes to lock up .Causing the truck to jackknife from the center lane into the barrier. I had no control of the vehicle.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: As a general matter, a driver under such circumstances could be ticketed if the failure was determined to be attributed to a maintenance or safety-related issue. Truck air brake systems are complex and without more information, it isn’t possible to speculate the root cause of the failure (e.g. a spontaneous failure of a material or fitting over which operator/owner had no control, or a failure related to maintenance or safety issues).

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