Truck accidents are some of the most serious crashes on Florida’s roads. They can cause catastrophic injuries that are not only painful and life-changing, but also very expensive to treat. In many instances after a truck crash, accident victims are not able to work, and the expenses can quickly become overwhelming.
When a truck accident was caused by defective equipment or a malfunctioning part, a thorough investigation is necessary to determine exactly who should be held liable.
At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., our dedicated team of skilled truck accident lawyers has the experience and the resources to take on these complex claims. We have a long track record of holding truck drivers, trucking companies, and parts manufacturers responsible for accidents that should have been prevented.
Please contact us today to speak with a Gainesville defective truck equipment lawyer about the specifics of your case. We will fight fiercely for the full compensation you are entitled to receive.
Liability and Defective Parts and Systems on Trucks
One of the most challenging aspects of a personal injury claim involving defective truck equipment is that there are so many potential liable parties.
Truck drivers can be liable for defective parts if they did not perform regular inspections. Drivers are expected to regularly inspect their truck. They are also responsible for stopping at weigh stations where dispatchers will tell them if there is any maintenance required for their truck. If they fail to perform that maintenance, or they do not inspect the truck, drivers can be held liable in a claim.
Trucking companies are also responsible for ensuring all of the trucks in their fleet have had proper maintenance performed on them. Federal law requires that all trucks, and all other vehicles on the road for that matter, are properly maintained. This is to help ensure they will not break down and cause an accident on the road.
This maintenance takes time and costs money, and some trucking companies avoid it in order to save money. When they do, they place their profits over public safety and they can be held liable for it.
Lastly, under Florida’s product liability laws, manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are safe for consumers to use. This includes manufacturers of commercial trucks or parts of commercial trucks. When manufacturers build a part that is defective, they can be held liable for injuries that result.
Common Defects in Commercial Truck Equipment
There are many defects that can occur in commercial truck equipment. However, there are some that are more common than others. These include:
- Braking system failures and tire defects: When thinking about defective commercial truck equipment, many people automatically think of braking and tire issues. When components of the braking system are not properly maintained or replaced, or when they are defectively manufactured, a large commercial truck may be unable to stop in time to prevent a crash. Similarly, tires that are not properly maintained can cause blowouts, skidding, and other dangers that pose a risk to everyone on the road.
- Steering failure: Steering defects in large trucks are also very dangerous. These systems are intricate, which means there are many points at which they can fail. Faulty steering wheel mechanisms, defective ball joints, poor wheel alignment, and poor shock absorbers are just a few problems that can occur in a steering system.
- Trailer attachment: Commercial trucks are made of two parts. There is the cab, where the driver sits, and the trailer, which carries the cargo. These two parts must be connected, typically by either coupling or a kingpin system. When these parts become defective, it can spell disaster. The trailer can become separated from the cab and travel down the road, into the path of other vehicles around the truck.
- Suspension failure: The suspension of a truck absorbs shock and connects the tires, tire air, and springs, and allows motion throughout the system. Problems with suspension can cause a driver to lose control, which could cause the truck to veer into another lane and crash.
- Transmission or engine failure: Most trucks run on diesel engines, which can develop oil oxidizing, humidity reactions, and black smoke. In order to prevent these things from happening, and an accident from occurring, filters and fluids must be changed regularly.
- Defective lighting: Commercial trucks have a lot of lights in, on, and around them. When these lights are dim, broken, or burnt out, it can easily cause an accident. Truck drivers may not be able to see the road and everyone on it, and other drivers may not be able to see trucks in time.
When any of these defects are present on a truck and they cause an accident, those injured should speak with an attorney about their right to file a personal injury claim for compensation.
How Our Defective Truck Equipment Lawyers Can Help
If you have been hurt in a crash with a commercial motor vehicle, there are many ways an attorney can help with your claim, including:
- Understanding complex trucking laws. There are many state and federal laws regulating the trucking industry. Your attorney will know what these laws are, what they mean, and how they pertain to your accident case.
- Determining liability. There are potentially many parties at fault for a trucking accident. It is extremely difficult to determine liability, particularly when a defective part was to blame. Your attorney will thoroughly investigate the wreck and gather all the evidence necessary to establish fault.
- Calculating your losses. The damages you suffer in a truck accident involve more than just your initial medical expenses. Your attorney will document lost wages, future anticipated losses, pain and suffering, and many other elements that should be taken into account when demanding full and fair compensation.
- Negotiating with the other side. There are many negotiations that occur throughout a personal injury claim. Your attorney can aggressively and effectively negotiate with the insurance companies and at-fault parties to show the strength of your case for maximum compensation.
- Taking your case to trial, if necessary. Although most truck accident cases can be settled, your attorney will be prepared to present a strong and persuasive case in court if that is what is in your best interests.
All personal injury claims are challenging. Truck accident cases are some of the most complex, however, so it is crucial that you have the help of an experienced defective truck equipment lawyer.
Contact Our Experienced Gainesville Truck Accident Attorneys
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, you need the help of an attorney who understands this extremely complex area of law. At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., we have the experience necessary to handle these claims with confidence. We know how to determine who was to blame for your accident, and we will fight to hold them accountable for paying the full amount of compensation you are entitled to receive.
Contact us today for your free consultation and get the help you need.