Defective Truck Parts
Washington, DC Truck Accident Attorney
Defective trucking parts and equipment can lead to fatal traffic accidents. Defective trailers, hitches, tires, steering mechanisms, underride bars, and safety straps are common – yet deadly – equipment failures that often go unnoticed until they cause a serious traffic collision. Unexpected equipment failure, such as a tire blow out, could leave a truck driver suddenly unable to control his/her vehicle. Although some truck accidents are caused by natural circumstances, defective equipment is always preventable. If you or a loved on suffered an injury because of a defective truck part, our Washington, DC truck accident lawyers can help you pursue financial compensation for medical bills and noneconomic damages.
Truck defects in Washington, DC are usually caused by a design defect, defective manufacturing, or poor truck maintenance. Some companies try to increase profits by using "refurbished" parts salvaged from other trucks. Other companies try to "re-tread" tires by removing the tread from an old tire and replacing it with new tread. This may sound like an economical way to conserve rubber, but the core structure of an old truck tire is still subject to failure – even with new treads. If you have been injured because of a defective truck part, you should consult our experienced truck accident lawyers in Washington, DC today. With the right legal representation on your side, you can have peace of mind about the outcome of your lawsuit.
Truck Brake Failure
Brake failure is one of the most common defects behind fatal and injury-related truck accidents. Large trucks typically use air brakes, which are subject to overheating. Without property maintenance, overheating can lead to brake failure. Heavy loads can amply the effects of heat on the brake drum, speeding up the overheating / failure process.
Defective Truck Equipment
There are many important mechanisms and parts on a commercial truck that can cause an accident if they are defective. These include:
- Poorly designed trailer hitches or safety straps
- Faulty steering equipment
- Underride bar defects that fail to prevent cars from going under the truck
- Defective tie-downs that may allow loads to fall off
- Over or under-inflated tires that lead to tire blowout accidents
Defective truck parts can result in devastating consequences even when the driver has taken every necessary precaution.
Who is responsible for defective truck parts?
Product liability cases involving defective truck parts can be very complex and difficult to prove in court. It is important to have an attorney who is experienced in defective truck lawsuits to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome for your claim. Whether the accident was caused by the manufacturer, designer, trucking company or a combination of parties, fault must be quickly and accurately determined. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. will take every necessary step to help you get the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our experienced Washington, DC truck accident attorneys can help you take on large trucking companies and product manufacturers.
If you have suffered an injury caused by a defective truck part, please contact us for a free and confidential consultation.