One of the most common errors in the depositions of truck drivers is failing to determine how they stopped their tractor trailer. Unlike a car, there is more than one way to brake a tractor trailer. Inexperienced lawyers fail to realize this and allow a tractor trailer driver to say "I braked the truck" prior to impact. Consider that a tractor trailer driver can brake his rig by:

  1. Jake Brake (engine retarder)
  2. Parking Brakes
  3. Trailer Brakes
  4. Tractor Brakes
  5. Tractor and Trailer brakes
  6. Emergency Brakes (disconnect)
  7. Hitting a car

Depending on what brake, or brakes, that was used by the driver you will get different stopping distances, a critical factor in determining cause in any truck accident case.

The Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Morgan Adams concentrate in protecting the rights of those who were seriously injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a commercial truck or bus. Our lawyers are based in Tennessee, but serve clients throughout the nation. If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt by a careless driver, don’t sign anything the trucking company gives you — contact us as soon as possible at 800-580-4878 or by email to learn more at a free, confidential consultation.

 Morgan Adams is a trial attorney licensed in Tennessee and Georgia. He is listed as a "Mid-South SuperLawyer" (Limited to the top 5% of the lawyers in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas), is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (limited to lawyers who have recovered 1 million dollars or more for their clients), and is the Chair of the American Association of Justice’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. He has served as chair of the Tennessee Association of Justice’s Trucking Litigation seminars since 2004, and is a frequent speaker at national legal education programs, training lawyers to properly handle injury cases involving commercial vehicles.