Defective Truck Equipment Lawyers
How a Defective Truck Part Can Cause an Accident
Manufacturers of truck components have a legal responsibility to design and produce safe products. If a truck part has a manufacturing or design defect, the manufacturer may be held legally accountable without the injured party having to prove a specific act of negligence or wrongdoing. The defect and fact it caused injury is enough to hold them accountable.
- Coupling Systems
- Load Straps
If a manufacturer recalled any of these parts after discovering defects, and the trucking company did nothing to replace the truck part, the trucking company may also ultimately be held responsible for any injuries that were sustained.
The manufacturer of a faulty truck part may be liable under a practice area known as product liability.
Accidents Caused by Faulty Brakes
Bad brakes can be the cause of any accident, but the size of a big rig alone is cause for extra concern. It also takes a truck longer to stop than it does a commercial vehicle; often, when accidents are reconstructed, the stopping distance is proven to be longer for commercial trucks. It is for this reason that the brakes are extremely important to maintaining the safety of the vehicle.
Even if a truck is not causing the accident, bad brakes can make it worse.
The truck driver, however, is likely not to blame when it comes to faulty brakes. Truck maintenance workers are responsible for ensuring that the brakes are in good working condition before the truck drives anywhere. If your accident was caused by a truck with faulty brakes then you may be able to file a claim against the truck maintenance worker.
Building a Solid Case for Compensation
When you work with our firm, we won't pursue justice against solely the manufacturer, but also any other party responsible for putting a defective tractor-trailer on the road, which can include the following:
- Any business involved in the design, manufacture, and sale of the truck
We look to all possible sources of compensation in order to maximize each client's settlement or verdict. However, we know achieving positive results is not easy. When the financial stakes are high, manufacturers, trucking companies, and their insurance carriers will resist providing fair compensation and will make any move they can to frustrate or prolong getting to a resolution of your case. For this reason, we work closely with product engineers and industry experts to determine the cause of the accident.
Negligent Maintenance of Large Trucks
If you or a loved one was injured in a collision with a large truck and you believe poor truck maintenance was to blame, now is the time to talk to a truck accident lawyer about your concerns. At Arnold & Itkin, we work closely with accident reconstruction and technical experts to determine the true cause of a big rig accident so we can identify the parties at fault. Using the documents and records that trucking companies and drivers must maintain, we carefully review all aspects of the case.
Just some of what we will consider when inspecting a truck accident case:
- State and federal regulations for all parts of the vehicle—including lighting, brake systems, tires, and more
- Company records regarding the inspection, repair, and maintenance for all vehicles for a calendar year
- Driver records of pre-trip inspections of the rig to check all parts, accessories, and emergency equipment
- Driver responsibility of making sure the cargo has been properly loaded and secured
Therefore, following an accident, there are several different points that we will examine—including the Drivers' Daily Vehicle Condition Report and the Drivers' Vehicle Inspection Record, as well as the on-board computer records.
Claims Involving Inadequate Truck Maintenance
When a truck accident has been caused by inadequate vehicle maintenance, it is likely there are multiple parties involved. In these types of cases, our firm takes the necessary time to not only review all of the data, but come up with a clear idea of who is truly at fault. We then exhaustively build a case to prove such a fault, always acting in such a way to help obtain necessary compensation from all liable parties.
The bottom line is a trucking company, trucker, mechanic, and other parties may be held responsible for an accident caused by a mechanical or equipment problem that could have been easily detected by reasonable inspections.
Injured? Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer at (888) 493-1629!
Following an accident, it is not unlikely that the victims and their families will experience considerable stress from finances, emotions, and medical problems. Despite these problems, it is extremely important that no time is wasted in seeking qualified legal counsel. By getting an attorney involved from the very onset of the case, you are giving them the time necessary to investigate the accident to ensure that no critical evidence is lost. If you would like to learn more about our services and how our firm can assist you with your truck accident claim, now is the time to call for a free consultation. You can have your questions answered by a knowledgeable professional who can help you toward financial recovery.
Call our truck accident lawyers today if you believe a faulty part or poor maintenance caused your accident. Discovering your options is simple and free when you call (888) 493-1629.