Defective Truck Equipment
Trucking Equipment Defects
One cause of serious trucking accidents is defective equipment. Individuals injured or the survivors of persons killed because of defective equipment on a truck may be able to initiate a product liability claim. Our attorney at The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd has the experience and knowledge to handle the often complex issues of a faulty truck equipment case. If you believe you have been injured because of defective equipment on a truck, contact our Friendswood, Texas law firm. Call to schedule a free initial consultation.
In our experience, equipment that commonly leads to truck accident injuries involve defective brakes, steering equipment, or tires. Defective brake lawsuits represent the largest number of cases we handle, with defects in steering equipment and tires playing a role in many crashes. In fact, tire companies knowingly produced defective tires specifically for use on trucks - and trucking companies knowingly purchased them! Even newer truck tires have problems. Everyone has seen tires with separated tread littering the roadway. Another common defect involves the underride bars on truck trailers, designed to prevent passenger cars from going under the truck. When these bars have broken because of defective materials, fatalities usually result.
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Devices attached to trucks for a specific purpose, such as loading or unloading, can be defective. Our firm handled a case of an unguarded hose winder that allowed the operator to fall into the mechanism. Seals that prevent liquid loads from expanding must be able to withstand the pressure exerted by the load. If the seals are not appropriate for the cargo being carried, or are defective, they can explode or fall off, causing serious injury when the often poisonous or caustic cargo escapes.
Defective tires or other equipment on trucks come from three major sources. Most liability claim cases we handle involve faulty design, inferior materials, or incomplete or incorrect warnings. We have more than 35 years of experience handling cases of serious injury arising from defective equipment on trucks. This allows us to know how to proceed. If you believe you have been injured because of faulty design, materials, or warnings on truck equipment, contact our Texas law firm to learn how we can help.