Who Is Responsible For An Accident Caused By a Truck Defect?
Accidents involving large commercial trucks may happen for a wide variety of reasons. Driver error, improper cargo loading, negligent hiring,1 and more are all examples of negligence that can result in serious accidents and injuries to other motorists. One cause of truck accidents in Atlanta that may result in a complex legal claim is a defective or malfunctioning truck part.
Parts that can be defective
Commercial trucks are made up of many different parts that have the potential to be defective. Some parts that commonly defect and cause an accident include the following:
- Steering column
- Trailer doors
Sudden tire blowouts and brake failures can cause the driver to lose control and collide with any other vehicles or objects in its path. Additionally, if a coupling malfunctions, the trailer can jackknife or even become completely detached. As you can imagine, a runaway trailer can cause serious damage to other vehicles on the road. If a latch on a trailer doors fails and the door suddenly opens while the truck is moving at highway speeds, the cargo can spill out onto traffic behind it and onto the road, causing additional collisions. These are only a few examples of truck parts that may be defective and cause serious accidents.
Who is responsible?
If a truck part was defective because of its design or the way it was assembled, the manufacturer of that part should be held liable for any damages under product liability law.2 If the truck part malfunctioned because it was overly worn or required maintenance, the trucking company responsible for maintaining the truck will likely be the party held liable. In such cases, it usually takes an investigation to determine why the part malfunctioned and who should be held accountable.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Atlanta today
If you have sustained injuries in any type of truck accident, you deserve to recover from the responsible party. The experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Boling Rice, LLC are committed to helping injured victims receive the compensation they deserve, so please call today at (770) 744-0890 for a free consultation.