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While many truck accidents are caused (at least in part) by drivers – either or both truck drivers and other motorists, in some collisions, faulty equipment on a truck may be to blame. When this is the case, injured people may be able to hold equipment manufacturers, trucking companies or others responsible for the accident, as well as the cost of their recovery, their damages and their mental anguish.
In this two-part blog, we will discuss some of the most common types of trucking equipment defects and who may be held responsible when they cause truck accidents. If you or a loved one has been hurt in any type of trucking accident, don’t hesitate to contact the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group for professional advice regarding your best options for moving forward and obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Common Trucking Equipment Defects…
Some of the more common trucking equipment that can be defective and that can, in turn, significantly increase the risk of truck accidents include (but are not limited to):
- Steering systems
- Suspension systems
- Safety equipment.
Equipment Defects: Who’s Liable?
When any equipment on trucks is determined to have been faulty, there are a number of different parties that may be held responsible. First and foremost, the manufacturer of the equipment may be held liable if the equipment was defectively designed or was made of flimsy or cheap materials.
Additionally, the other parties may also be held liable if or when any of the following circumstances may have been associated with the faulty equipment being left on trucks (and, consequently, contributing to a trucking accident):
- Drivers failing to inspect trucks before each haul and after each driving shift (as they are legally obligated to according to federal trucking regulations).
- Trucking companies failing to properly maintain trucks (because, for instance, they are trying to cut corners to increase their profits at the expense of others’ safety).
- Trucking companies or the owners of trucks failing to get the defective equipment on trucks repaired when they’ve been notified that recalls on this equipment have been issued.
- Technicians or mechanics failing to properly repair broken or worn down trucking equipment (possibly because they are not experienced or diligent enough).
Denver Truck Accident Attorneys at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck accident? If so, the Denver truck accident lawyers at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. are ready to meet with you. We are here to aggressively stand up for truck accident victims’ rights to compensation and help them hold negligent and reckless parties responsible for injuring them.
With more than 35 years of combined legal experience, our Denver truck accident attorneys have a proven record of success and dedication when it comes to helping accident victims get the highest possible settlements for their injuries and losses.
Contact Us – We Are Ready to Fight For You
If you have been injured in a truck accident, the Denver trucking accident lawyers at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. are ready to fight for you. We invite you to learn more about your rights and get a thorough, professional evaluation of your case by meeting with us for a free, no obligations initial consult.
To set up this meeting today, call us at (720) 606-6887 or email us using the form on this page.