Strong Advocacy When a Truck Crash is Due to a Defective Truck or Truck Part
Kentucky attorneys holding truck companies, manufacturers and parts suppliers liable when their products cause harm or death
When a truck part malfunctions, the consequences can be catastrophic—or even deadly. This is because the truck driver usually cannot anticipate that there is a problem until it is too late. Even when the driver understands the vehicle is not working properly, there may be nothing he or she can do to correct the issue at a second’s notice. When a tire blows out, the brakes fail to work, or the car does not steer correctly, the operator simply needs to focus on not causing devastating to other drivers on the road.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our Kentucky truck defect lawyers work to determine the existence of the defect and to hold responsible parties liable. Liable parties can include the parts manufacturer, the parts distributor, the retailer, a mechanic, or the company that hired the driver. We may also bring claims against the original manufacturer or seller of the whole truck. Our legal team works with professionals who understand how trucks and truck parts are supposed to work. Our track record of success includes million dollar jury verdicts and substantial negotiated settlements.
Common examples of truck defect accidents
Trucks are complicated machines with many moveable parts. A breakdown in just one component can result in a truck crashing into a pole, another truck, another car, a motorcycle, or even an innocent bystander. Some of the common types of truck accidents due to defective truck parts are:
- Blowouts due to a defective tire
- Collisions due to faulty brakes
- A loss of control because the wheels were not properly secured or the nuts and bolts securing the wheels broke
- Trailers may separate from the truck because a trailer hitch malfunctioned
- Defective hydraulic lines
- Accidents due to faulty steering systems
- Crashes because lighting components and turn signals failed to function properly
- Multi-car and truck crashes due to cargo that spills
Other problems a Kentucky truck accident attorney explores are product recalls, nonworking windshield wipers, defective defrosters, bad electrical connections, and other problems.
Underlying reasons parts are defective
The defect in the truck or truck part usually began at some stage before the driver even got into the vehicle. There are different types of defects and different steps truck companies could have taken to protect against defects. We bring product liability, breach of warranty, and negligence claims. Some of the more common reasons defects occur or are not caught are:
- Poor design. Truck manufacturers and parts manufacturers may not have thought through all the dangers or may have failed to consider how the certain components interact with other parts.
- Poor manufacture. Sometimes, the design is adequate but something went awry during the manufacturing process. For example, a line worker installed a wrong part.
- Faulty instructions. Even if the product is designed and made properly, the consumer needs to understand how to use the truck or part. Instructions and manuals should be accurate, clear, and concise.
- Failure to inspect. Even when there are defects, routine inspections can sometimes catch the problem before the truck driver gets into the truck.
- Failure to repair. When defects are caught, the remedy must make the truck safe. If a mechanic neglected to make appropriate repairs and an accident occurs, the mechanic may be held accountable.
Contact an experienced Kentucky truck accident attorney for justice
A Kentucky truck defect lawyer from Crandall & Pera Law guides clients through each phase of their case. We are calm when we explain your rights and speak to you about your pain. We are thorough and professional when we work to discover all the facts of a client’s case. We are tough when we try cases before federal and state juries or when we negotiate a settlement of the damages.
If a loved one was killed or you were seriously injured due to a truck accident, please call us at 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form. We see clients throughout Kentucky, including Lexington and Louisville.