Defective Truck Equipment Can Have Legal Consequences
Semi truck defects come in many forms, including:
- Defective tires and tire blowouts
- Defective brakes
- Defective coupling devices
Defects like these can lead to serious truck accidents. If there is something wrong with the coupling device that connects the trailer, the trailer could come loose and collide with oncoming traffic. A brake defect could lead to rear-end collisions. Defective tires could cause a semi truck to topple over and hit any vehicles in its path.
If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, make certain you choose a lawyer who understands the importance of reviewing the case for the possibility of defective truck equipment.
For 50+ years, the law firm of Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, has taken pride in leaving no stone unturned when investigating truck crash cases. Our Ohio defective truck equipment lawyers take action for victims in Ohio and northern Kentucky.
Defective Truck Equipment FAQs
Q: Was It A Defect Or Improper Maintenance?
What appears on the surface to be an accident caused by defective truck equipment may turn out to have been caused by improper maintenance. Investigation is critical, because there is a significant difference between taking on a manufacturer in a defective product case and taking on a trucking company that negligently failed to maintain its equipment. We will make certain that we are taking the right action to maximize compensation for you.
Q: What Parts, Or Systems On A Truck Can Be Defective?
A: Many components on a semitruck can fail. Among these are:
- Safety bars: Also called crash bars or underride guards, these are subject to cracking or breaking that can inhibit their ability to prevent cars or motorcycles from going under a truck.
- Tires: Over- or underinflated tires or worn tread can seriously hamper a truck driver’s ability to avoid an accident.
- Brakes: Improperly maintained or faulty brake systems can lead to potentially deadly situations for innocent victims.
Other faulty elements that can lead to an accident, include the fuel systems, front and rear lights, wipers, steering systems and instrument panels.
Q: What Can Cause Equipment Failure?
A: The failure of any part of a semitruck can be caused by problems in the part’s design, errors in the manufacturing process, lack of proper preventative maintenance or incorrect use by the driver.
Q: Who Is Responsible For Accidents Caused By Equipment Defects?
A: Depending on the nature of the defect or failure, various parties can be responsible for a tractor-trailer wreck. These include individual truck owners, trucking companies, truck mechanics and parts manufacturing companies.
Have you or a family member been hurt because of improper maintenance or a defective truck? We invite you to call 513-838-4562 in Cincinnati, 888-469-6437 in Dayton or Kentucky or email our law firm for an evaluation of your claim.