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Truck Wreck due to Truck Defect

Despite what you may believe, not all truck wrecks are always caused by a multi-vehicle collision, although it could end up that way if other vehicles have the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Truck defects can lead to serious accidents because of the sheer weight a big rig usually carries and the speed that they usually travels. Some of the more common truck defects that can lead to a truck wreck include:

  • Brake deficiencies or failure
  • Tire defects
  • Engine or transmission failure
  • Suspension frame defects
  • Towing unit problems

The biggest problem of truck defects that lead to accidents is that it is seldom just the truck that is involved, especially if it is carrying a heavy load. When a truck experiences a blow-out or brake failure, for example, it can plow through a number of vehicles before the driver can get it to stop, and chances are it will stop when it falls on its side or hits a strong enough obstruction to stop it, like the side of a building or the guard railing. Aside from the property damage, the potential for involving other motorists and even pedestrians is high.

Aside from the mechanical potential for destruction, some big rigs carry loads that are dangerous, such as oil, fuel and chemicals. In case of a truck wreck, the biggest danger it poses will be when it comes to a stop and the load comes spilling out.

The liability for a truck wreck due to truck defects fall on the manufacturer of the product that failed. Consult with a truck accident lawyer to assess your case so you can get compensation for your injuries and property damage caused by the defective product.

Who is Liable for Brake Defects?

Defective brakes are among the main reasons for truck accidents. When these huge vehicles get into an unfortunate accident, damages can be very severe and injuries are often life-threatening. The sad part of this is situation is that when these accidents occur, the blame is often swung between a number of parties: the driver, the manufacturer of the brakes, the company that supplied the load, and the owner-operator (or the people who maintains the truck). With these things to consider, it may be confusing who to blame once you have been in an accident.

There are many way that these factors can cause a truck to come into an accident. Knowing who made the error regarding the brakes that caused the accident is vital in knowing who to sue and who to get the compensation from. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Brake manufacturers – there are strict regulations that the federal government imposes for the safety of the truck braking systems. Once these regulations are not met, they can be held liable for the accident, and suing for product liability is very much possible.
  2. Drivers – there are times where drivers can cause the accident. Driver errors can lead to accidents, especially when the driver losses focus and did not brake early to avoid another vehicle or animal.
  3. Trucking companies – some companies try to lower their maintenance and replacement costs by depowering the front brakes. Sometimes, they can also set the brakes improperly and fail to maintain the brakes. Improper or poor loading can also cause a truck accident.

Due to the various factors that can cause the brakes to malfunction, it can be hard to find out who to sue or file a claim against. Getting legal representation is one of the best ways to help you get through the process. Being in a truck accident can be very scary and frustrating, especially when you don’t know who to get compensation from. Having legal help in the best way to help you fight for your right.