Not all crashes are caused by the drivers; it may be caused by a defective part. In these cases, you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable.
If a defect is present in any part of the truck, then the manufacturer of that part may be liable for injuries, property damage, and death resulting from a truck accident. Parts that are commonly defective include:
However, a defective part can prove to be a complicated liability factor. For example, if there is a malfunctioning brake system, not only could the manufacturer be held liable, but so could the designer and those in charge of marketing.
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Additionally, in cases of malfunctioning brakes, there are federal regulations that describe safe truck braking. If these are not followed by a driver—and the brakes fail to respond normally—the truck driver could be held liable. Beyond that, a malfunctioning part could be due to the party in charge of maintenance, such as a service station.
According to the United States Code for Motor Vehicle Safety, motor vehicle safety involves the performance of a vehicle in such a way that protects the public from any unreasonable risk of accident. Unfortunately, not all parts of all vehicles perform in such a manner. In fact, there are instances where motor vehicle parts not only do not protect the public—they actually endanger them. When a truck part is defective, it could have some flaw in performance, construction, component, or material.
Examples of such flaws include, but are not limited to, the following:
Examples of things that are NOT safety-related defects:
Because of these complicated liability factors in matters of malfunctioning parts, it is important to seek help from an experienced truck accident attorney. Arnold & Itkin LLP is comprised of experienced trial lawyers who have the skills and knowledge required to perform a thorough investigation of a truck accident. Our attorneys are aggressive advocates for clients who believe in holding negligent truck drivers and trucking companies accountable. We have a successful track record of obtaining compensation for accident victims, and we have secured billions of dollars. Call (888) 490-0442 to request a free consultation.